Bomber kills '5 US troops' in Afghanistan
Tue, 26 May 2009 13:11:04 GMT
The bomber is said to have targeted the second vehicle of the military convoy of three Humvees in the volatile region.
A suicide bomber rams its explosive-laden vehicle into a US army convoy in north-east of the war-ravaged country, killing five US troops and injuring several others.
The huge blast took place at 8 am at Sayad district in strategically important province of Kapisa, near Afghanistan's Bagram air base, Press TV correspondent reported.
However, a spokesman for Gulbuddin Hekmatyar claiming the responsibility for the deadly attack said ten US soldiers had lost their lives in the lethal incident.
Medical sources said one civilian was also killed and four other wounded in the incident and they were taken to a nearby hospital.
Headquarter of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces ISAF in Kabul confirmed the incident.
Witnesses said one of the US forces vehicles was totally destroyed in a massive explosion in the region, located north of Kabul.
The bomber is said to have targeted the second vehicle of the military convoy of three Humvees, which were heading to Bagram Airfield, the main US base in the conflict-torn country.
Ataullah Wahab, a top police official in Kapisa said the bomber was likely to have followed the US military convoy from neighboring Parwan province.
The area is reportedly cordoned off by the US troops and military planes are flying over the blast scene.
Afghanistan has been witnessing an upsurge in violence in recent months despite the presence of over 70,000 NATO troops, mostly US soldiers, in the country.
At least fifty suicide bombings are said to have rocked the violence-wracked country since the beginning of 2009.
The killings of foreign and government soldiers and Afghan civilians continue seven and half years after the US invaded the country to allegedly destroy Taliban and al-Qaeda and bring stability to the volatile region.
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