Bomb kills 5 NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 21, 2011 6:58 AM
Bomb kills 5 NATO troops in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed five foreign soldiers in eastern Afghanistan Wednesday, NATO-led forces said in a statement, one of the deadliest such attacks in months.

The nationality of the soldiers was not disclosed, but earlier Wednesday a spokesman for the governor of Ghazni province said three Polish soldiers were killed there by a mine.

Ghazni province lies southwest of the Afghan capital but has been designated part of the eastern command region by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), and as such would be referred to as eastern Afghanistan in any statement.

ISAF declined to say whether the five soldiers had died in Ghazni, saying any further comment would come from authorities in the soldiers' home nation.

The Polish embassy in Kabul declined immediate comment on the statements by the Ghazni governor and ISAF.

Poland has about 2,475 troops in Afghanistan, most of them stationed in Ghazni.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Ghazni attack in a text message sent to journalists.

(Reporting by Agnieszka Flak and Mustafa Andalib in GHAZNI; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)