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PublishDate: Monday, July 9, 2012 14:53

Six US soldiers killed following blast in southern Afghanistan

The Sunday deaths raise the number of NATO troops killed in the last two days to eight, making it one of the deadliest periods for collation forces in weeks.

At least six NATO service members were killed following roadside improvised explosive device explosion in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday.

The six Americans died in an explosion in eastern Afghanistan, where fighting has been on the increase. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization force confirmed the deaths late Sunday without disclosing the nationality of those killed, but a U.S. official said they were Americans.

The Sunday deaths raise the number of NATO troops killed in the last two days to eight, making it one of the deadliest periods for collation forces in weeks.

A surge in Afghan and coalition forces during the past two years routed Taliban fighters from many of their strongholds in the south, but the insurgents have stepped up their attacks this summer to take back key areas.

Two other Western troops were killed over the weekend in southern Afghanistan, the military announced: one in an insurgent attack Sunday, making it one of the year’s deadliest days for NATO forces; and another in a bombing Saturday.
 (AOP)

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