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Seven American Nato soldiers have been killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan

Seven American Nato soldiers have been killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan

Seven American Nato soldiers have been killed in a blast in southern Afghanistan

Nine Nato service members have been killed in Afghanistan, including seven US troops among eight who died when a powerful bomb exploded in a field where they were patrolling on foot, officials said.

Two Afghan policemen also died and two others were wounded in the explosion in the mountainous Shorabak district of Kandahar province, 12 miles from the Pakistan border, said General Abdul Raziq, chief of the Afghan border police in the province.

"Two months ago, we cleared this area of terrorists, but still they are active there," he said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the blast.

"A bomb was planted for them in a field," Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi told the Associated Press.

A US official confirmed that seven American service members died in the bombing.

The international military coalition reported that one additional Nato service member was killed when a helicopter crashed in the east.

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US officials said seven American soldiers were killed in the bombing. Nato said an eighth soldier was also killed, but his nationality was not immediately released.

It was the deadliest day for coalition forces in Afghanistan since April 27, when a veteran Afghan military pilot opened fire at Kabul airport and killed eight US troops and an American civilian contractor.


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