Five NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan: alliance

13th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Five NATO soldiers have been killed in a suicide bombing in the northeastern province of Kapisa, the alliance said Wednesday, an area in which mostly French troops are based.

Separately the police chief in the district of Tagab in Kapisa said that a suicide bomber had detonated in front of a French military convoy in the area, leaving "some casualties among the French forces".

"At around 11:25 today a suicide attacker on foot targeted a French convoy in Gulzarkhail village of Tagab district. There were some casualties among the French forces," said senior police official Sayed Sakhidad Matin.

He said an Afghan policeman had also been injured in the attack, but no further details were yet known as investigations were ongoing.

A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force would not reveal nationalities in line with the force's policy, but said: "I can confirm that there has been an insurgent attack on ISAF forces in Kapisa resulting in a number of ISAF dead... and a number of Afghan civilian injuries."

The French army said they would not comment immediately.

NATO earlier announced the death of two foreign troops in the south, one in an insurgent attack on Wednesday, and a second in a bomb attack on Tuesday.

The latest deaths bring this year's toll to 306 foreign troops killed in Afghanistan, according to an AFP estimate based on data compiled by independent

© 2011 AFP

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