Separate attacks in Afghanistan kill 8 NATO soldiers
The first attack took place in the volatile province of
Kandahar, taking the lives of five US soldiers in an improvised
roadside bomb incident on Saturday, according to US officials in
Kabul and provincial authorities.
Another incident took the lives of another two soldiers when an
Afghan soldier in the western province of Farah turned his gun on
the troops. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack via
email, according to Reuters.
One of the soldiers killed was a German national, part of the special forces, the German army confirmed in a statement on Sunday, adding that the soldier was killed in an insurgent attack during a joint operation near the northern city of Baghlan. Another German soldier was wounded during the operation.
The spokesman, Qari Yousouf Ahmadi, explained that the Afghan
soldier was actually an “infiltrated mujahidin.”
Aside from Saturday’s attacks, three British soldiers were also
killed by a roadside bomb in Helmand province on Tuesday.
Last week’s death toll for US troops amounts to 21, including
Saturday’s attacks and three air crashes.
The bloody week of violence underlines the lasting volatility in Afghanistan and the dangers faced by the NATO-led international Security Assistance Force (ISAF) ahead of their power handover to Afghan security forces next year, when the US withdraws from the country.