Five US troops killed in Afghan blast

Five US troops killed in Afghan blast
Sat May 4, 2013 19:01:36

A roadside bomb killed five US troops in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Saturday, provincial officials said.

"Five American troops were killed at about noon when their armoured vehicle hit a powerful roadside mine in Maiwand district," Kandahar police chief General Abdul Razeq said.

The troops died in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack, NATO's International Security Assistance Force confirmed in a statement without specifying the nationalities of the victims, in line with coalition policy.

The attack came four days after three British forces were killed in a similar attack in the neighbouring province of Helmand.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but Taliban militants frequently use roadside bombs against US-led foreign troops.