(AFP) – Aug 17, 2010
KABUL — Three NATO soldiers were killed Tuesday in Taliban-style bomb attacks in Afghanistan, while separate bombs killed seven civilians including at least three women and a child, officials said.
Two foreign soldiers were killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan, a troubled region which sees regular Taliban attacks, the NATO force said in a statement.
Another died in a similar attack on Tuesday, in the west of the country. The nationalities of the casualties were not disclosed, in line with NATO policy.
Most of the troops in eastern Afghanistan are Americans, while an Italian contingent is based in the western province of Herat.
More than 2,000 foreign troops have now been killed in Afghanistan since a US-led invasion toppled the Taliban regime in late 2001.
Afghan police said the civilians were killed in two separate roadside bombs.
One remote-controlled device on a motorcycle parked on a bridge in the southern city of Ghazni detonated prematurely on Tuesday, killing two passers-by and wounding another five, including two children, police said.
The blast took place just as a police convoy was about to pass, said Mohammad Osman, commander of Afghanistan's southeastern police zone.
In a similar incident late Monday, a roadside bomb ripped through a civilian vehicle in Shindand district, in the western province of Herat, killing five civilians and wounding two, said Lal Mohammad Omarzai, the district chief.
"Three women, a man and a child were killed and two other women were hurt," he said.
Omarzai blamed the attack on "enemies of Afghanistan", a term used to refer to Taliban militants whose insurgency against Afghan and NATO forces has been turning increasingly bloody.
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