Four foreign troops among 29 killed

August 13, 2007


KABUL, Aug 12: A wave of Taliban attacks across Afghanistan killed 29 people, four of them foreign soldiers and nearly two dozen militants, military officials said on Sunday.

Three soldiers with the US-led coalition and their Afghan interpreter were killed near the border with Pakistan when they were hit by a bomb during combat, the force said in a statement.

Taliban fighters were responsible for the attack in Nangarhar province, a spokesman told AFP, claiming the soldiers were US nationals.

Earlier, the British defence ministry announced that a British soldier was killed and five wounded after their patrol came under fire from Taliban in Sangin district of Helmand province on Saturday.

Militants also ambushed an Afghan army patrol in Sangin overnight, the Afghan ministry of defence said. The attack sparked a fierce gun battle in which seven rebels were killed and seven wounded, it said.

Warplanes were called in to attack ground targets after militants stormed an Afghan army post in Uruzgan on Saturday. “Four enemies were killed and their bodies are still at the battlefield,” the statement said.

Three Taliban fighters were killed in a separate clash in the same area, it said.

The ministry also reported that two Afghan soldiers were killed in the previous 24 hours but gave no details.Militants meanwhile tried to overrun a district police headquarters in Wardak province overnight, sparking five hours of fighting which left four of the attackers dead, police said.

In Ghazni, Afghan and coalition troops clashed on Saturday with militants, four of whom were killed, they said.—AFP