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Bomb Blasts Kill at Least 5 Foreign Troops in Afghanistan

By VOA News
21 June 2008

A series of roadside bombings have killed at least five foreign troops throughout Afghanistan, capping a violent week in the war-torn nation.

In Saturday's deadliest incident, the U.S.-led coalition says four of its soldiers were killed in an explosion in the southern province of Kandahar. Militants also opened fire on the troops. The statement did not specify the soldiers' nationalities.

In eastern Paktika province, Polish defense officials say a roadside bomb Saturday killed a Polish soldier serving with NATO forces. Four other soldiers were also injured.

The U.S.-led coalition says another one of its soldiers was killed in a roadside bombing late Friday in the southwestern Farah province. The soldier's nationality was not released.

And Afghan police say two Afghan soldiers were killed and three others wounded Saturday, when a bomb exploded in the southern province of Zabul.

Separately, the U.S.-led coalition says today that several militants were killed in operations throughout Afghanistan, including Kapisa and Kandahar provinces.

Coalition forces Saturday also launched air strikes in eastern Khost province, targeting several militants near the Pakistani border.

Afghan and NATO forces conducted a major operation in Kandahar this week, clearing Taliban militants from the Arghandab district.

An Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman, General Mohammad Zahir Azimi, said at least 56 militants were killed in the operation, along with at least two Afghan soldiers.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AF and Reuters.

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