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Taliban claim bombing that killed six US troops

US soldiers with the Nato-led Isaf wrap the body of a comrade.—AP Photo
US soldiers with the Nato-led Isaf wrap the body of a comrade.—AP Photo

KABUL: The Taliban claimed responsibility on Monday for a roadside bombing that they said killed six American troops in a volatile part of eastern Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement the blast struck the US troops in their armoured vehicle around 8 pm Sunday in Wardak province, just south of Kabul.

Coalition and Afghan forces are trying to secure areas of Wardak that insurgents use as gateway into the Afghan capital where they stage high-profile attacks on Afghan government and Nato targets.

Nato would not disclose the nationalities of the service members killed, but Wardak provincial police chief Gen Abdul Qayum Baqizoi said they were American.

He said that after the Americans were killed in Jalrez district, a coalition air strike killed a local Taliban commander and wounded three insurgents.

Also in the east, authorities said gunmen assassinated a chief prosecutor in Ghazni province Monday morning as he drove to work.

Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy provincial governor, said Sahar Gul was shot twice—once in the head and once in the chest.

The Taliban routinely target Afghan government officials to weaken support for President Hamid Karzai's administration.

Sunday was a particularly deadly day in Afghanistan. Roadside bombs and militant attacks killed the six American soldiers, as well as 19 Afghan civilians and seven Afghan policemen.

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Jul 09, 2012 12:51pm
Afghan are born fighters. They fight against USSR without USA and Pakistan from December 1979 to 1983. only IN 1983 USA and west decided to support Afghan and Pakistan army join them for money. That was the worst blunder which has destroyed peaceful society of Pakistan. Putting the blame here and there wouldn't help.
Usman Chaudhry
Jul 09, 2012 01:01pm
I believe 'as usual suspects'.
Jul 09, 2012 02:11pm
sir, don't they use rop(road opening parties)? on receipt of clearance from rop, then military vehicles should move. else they may suffer heavy casualties.
Talat Ali
Jul 09, 2012 09:47am
My guess is that Pakistan will be blamed as is the American wont to do. This attack was mapped out in Pakistan with ISI blessings. Blame the 'usual suspects.'