Five Americans killed in Afghanistan, two foreign service members killed
Sat, 04 May 2013 19:44:41 GMT —
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - An official with the U.S.-led international military coalition says the five troops killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan were all Americans.
Capt. Luca Carniel confirmed that the troops killed on Saturday were U.S. service members.
The coalition did not disclose the location of the blast.
However, Javeed Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province, said a coalition patrol hit the roadside bomb in Maiwand district of the province, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.
With the deaths, 47 members of the coalition have been killed so far this year - including 32 Americans.
UPDATE: NATO: 2 foreign troops killed by Afghan soldier
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - The U.S.-led coalition says an Afghan army soldier has killed two international service members in Afghanistan.
In a statement, the coalition says the Afghan soldier turned his weapon on coalition troops Saturday in western Afghanistan, killing two in the latest incident of so-called insider attacks.
Such attacks by members of the Afghan security forces against their colleagues or foreign troops threaten confidence in the Afghan forces as they work to take over responsibility from international troops.
The coalition did not disclose further details, but said the shooting was under investigation.