Five civilians, two NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

May 21st, 2008 - 3:10 am ICT by admin  

Kabul, May 20 (DPA) Five civilians were killed in a roadside attack, while two NATO soldiers were killed in separate attacks in southern Afghanistan, where a police official was also killed by unknown gunmen, officials said Tuesday. Five members of the same family were killed in a roadside mine blast in south-western province of Nimruz Tuesday, Ghulam Dastagir Azaad, provincial governor said.

The nomadic family was transporting sheep in a trailer when the vehicle struck a newly-planted mine, Azaad said, adding that livestock was also killed in the attack.

He held Taliban insurgents responsible for the attack. As part of a campaign against Afghan and international forces, Taliban militants have recently relied heavily on use of roadside bombs and suicide attacks.

Meanwhile, a soldier serving in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in a firefight with insurgents late Monday while another ISAF soldier was killed by a roadside bomb, the alliance said in a statement Tuesday.

The statement did not disclose the nationalities of the soldiers nor the location of the incidents.

However, Britain’s defence ministry said one of its soldiers died Monday in an explosion while on foot patrol in the Musa Qaleh area of Helmand province.

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