By Mamoon Durrani (AFP) – 7 hours ago
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A roadside bomb killed five US troops Saturday in Afghanistan and two other NATO soldiers were shot dead in an "insider attack", a week after the Taliban launched their spring offensive.
The bomb killed five soldiers in a vehicle in the southern province of Kandahar, local police said, while the two other NATO troops were killed by an Afghan army soldier in the far west of the country.
The nationalities of the two who died in the insider attack was not disclosed by NATO's International Security Assistance Force, in line with coalition policy.
Akram Khpalwak, governor of Farah province, told AFP that an Afghan soldier had opened fire in the Bala Buluk district of Farah, but he was unable to give further details.
General Abdul Razeq, police chief in Kandahar, said that "five American soldiers were killed at about noon when their armoured vehicle hit a powerful roadside mine in Maiwand district."
NATO-led soldiers are fighting alongside Afghan colleagues to thwart Taliban militants, but more than 60 foreign soldiers were killed in 2012 in insider attacks that have bred fierce mistrust between allies.
The last suspected incident was on March 11 when two US soldiers were killed and 10 wounded in Wardak province by a man in Afghan army uniform who also killed several Afghan soldiers.