KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents killed 10 NATO soldiers on Monday, seven of them Americans, military officials said. It was the worst single day for the foreign forces operating in Afghanistan in the past seven months.
The deaths came in five separate attacks in the south and east of the country, according to statements from the International Security Assistance Force, as the NATO force in Afghanistan is known.
In addition, a civilian American security guard was killed Monday, along with another guard whose nationality was not immediately clear, in a suicide attack on the police training center in the southern city of Kandahar.
Five of the American soldiers were killed by a homemade bomb, known as a improvised explosive device or I.E.D., in eastern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the American military, Lt. Col. Joseph T. Breasseale, confirmed. Two other American soldiers were killed by an I.E.D. in southern Afghanistan, he said.
In addition, statements released by ISAF said two NATO soldiers were killed in separate attacks in southern Afghanistan, one by small arms fire and another by an I.E.D., while a third NATO soldier was killed in eastern Afghanistan by small arms fire. In keeping with its standard practice, ISAF did not immediately disclose the nationalities of those soldiers, but they were not American. All names were withheld pending notification of next of kin.
In the attack on the Kandahar police training center Monday, three suicide bombers struck the gate of the center, one driving a car bomb and the other two apparently with explosive vests, according to a statement by the Afghan Ministry of Interior. The only damage they did was to the outer wall of the center’s compound, the statement said.
A subsequent statement from the American embassy said two civilians had been killed in that an attack, one of them an American citizen. News reports said the two victims were both employees of an American security company guarding the facility.
The day before, on Sunday, five NATO soldiers lost their lives, including three who were killed in a vehicle accident, one who was killed by an I.E.D. in southern Afghanistan, and another who was killed by an “insurgent attack” in eastern Afghanistan, according to statements from ISAF.
The previous worst day for NATO troops was last Oct. 26, when 11 Americans died, according to icasualties.org, an independent group that tracks soldier deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq. Those deaths were all from helicopter crashes. On that day, seven U.S. Army soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in northern Afghanistan and four Marines were killed when two helicopters crashed into one another in Helmand Province in the south.
Through June 6, a total of 1,812 NATO soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the American-led invasion that ousted the Taliban from power in 2001, 1,020 of them Americans, according to icasualties.org’s figures. This year, NATO has lost 245 soldiers in Afghanistan, 153 of them Americans, as of June 6. In Iraq, 150 American soldiers died in 2009, and 32 so far this year.
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