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All six troops killed in a weekend roadside bombing in eastern Afghanistan were Americans, Nato confirmed.

German Brigadier General Gunter Katz, a spokesman for the US-led coalition, disclosed their nationalities at a briefing, but said he could not provide other details about the incident because it was still under investigation. He said a seventh Nato service member killed on Sunday in a separate insurgent attack in the south was also an American.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the deaths of the six US troops - the latest caused by bombs planted by insurgents along roads, paths or mountain tracks.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in a statement the blast struck the US troops in their armoured vehicle in Wardak province, just south of Kabul.

Coalition and Afghan forces are trying to secure areas of Wardak that insurgents use as a gateway into the Afghan capital where they stage high-profile attacks on Afghan government and Nato targets.

Wardak provincial police chief General Abdul Qayum Baqizoi said that after the explosion in Jalrez district, a coalition airstrike killed a local Taliban commander and wounded three insurgents.

Also in the east, authorities said gunmen assassinated a chief prosecutor in Ghazni province on Monday morning as he drove to work. Mohammad Ali Ahmadi, the deputy provincial governor, said Sahar Gul was shot twice - once in the head and once in the chest.

The Taliban routinely targets Afghan government officials to weaken support for president Hamid Karzai's administration.

In the south, three suicide bombers riding in a three-wheeled vehicle blew themselves up on Monday afternoon in Kandahar city, killing two children and wounding six other civilians, said Kandahar provincial spokesman Ahmad Jawed Faisal. He said authorities had not determined the target of the explosion.

A surge in Afghan and coalition forces during the past two years has routed Taliban fighters from many of their strongholds in the south, but the insurgents have stepped up their attacks this summer to take back key areas.


From Belfast Telegraph