3 Aug 2008

Six killed in bomb attacks in Afghanistan

8:50 am on 3 August 2008

Five NATO soldiers and one civilian have been killed in two separate attacks in Afghanistan.

Four soldiers of NATO's International Security Assistance Force and one civilian were killed in an explosion in the northwestern province of Kunar on Friday.

The statement from the security assistance force did not release the nationality of dead soldiers, but most of the soldiers in Kunar are American.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack and said it had used a remote-controlled roadside bomb.

In a separate incident, a soldier died in a bombing in Khost province.

There has been no word on the nationality of the dead soldiers.

Taliban militants have been increasingly active this year, targeting foreign and Afghan military convoys with roadside bombs and suicide attacks.

The number of insurgent attacks was greater in both May and June than in any month since US-led and Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in 2001.

A group of aid agencies, the Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief, says more than 260 civilians were killed in July alone.