four US-led soldiers are wounded in a powerful roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s southern province of Kandahar, local security sources say.
Local police officials say the explosion took place in the Shawali Kowt area of Kandahar province.
Some media reports say an Afghan interpreter for foreign forces has also been injured.
Taliban militants have claimed responsibility, saying the attack hit a tank belonging to foreign forces, killing or injuring all those onboard.
The nationality of the injured troopers has not been revealed yet, but most of the foreign servicemen deployed in Kandahar are American.
According to the latest figures released by the website icasualties.org, 3,428 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began more than eleven years ago.
The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.
In a separate development, a former British commander reveals that UK soldiers killed hundreds of innocent Afghan villagers in Helmand province between 2006 and 2009.
Major Richard Streatfeild says British snipers killed Afghans in a turkey shoot.
He has condemned what he called tactics that led to the repetitive slaughter of villagers. Streatfeild says people who were targeted were in fact supposed to be protected by British troops in Afghanistan.
Soldiers based in the southern Helmand province were permitted to open fire on anyone approaching their bases while carrying a weapon.
But Streatfeild says many of those shot never posed a risk to British forces.
The US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity !

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