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Bomb Blasts Kill 5 Foreign Troops in Afghanistan


A series of roadside bombings have killed at least five foreign troops throughout Afghanistan, capping a violent week in the war-torn nation.

In Saturday's deadliest incident, the U.S.-led coalition says four of its soldiers were killed in an explosion in the southern province of Kandahar. Militants also opened fire on the troops. The statement did not specify the soldiers' nationalities.

In eastern Paktika province, Polish defense officials say a roadside bomb Saturday killed a Polish soldier serving with NATO forces. Four other soldiers were also injured.

The U.S.-led coalition says another one of its soldiers was killed in a roadside bombing late Friday in the southwestern Farah province. The soldier's nationality was not released.

And Afghan police say two Afghan soldiers were killed and three others wounded Saturday, when a bomb exploded in the southern province of Zabul.

Separately, Afghan officials say a suspected Taliban rocket hit a hospital in Asadabad, the capital of eastern Kunar province, Saturday, killing one person and injuring two others.

Also, the U.S.-led coalition says today that several militants were killed in operations throughout Afghanistan, including Kapisa and Kandahar provinces.

Afghan and NATO forces conducted a major operation in Kandahar this week, clearing Taliban militants from the Arghandab district.

Saturday, a top Afghan military official increased the militant death toll from the operation, saying Afghan troops had counted the bodies of 94 insurgents in Arghandab. He said most of the militants were foreigners from Pakistan. Another 30 Taliban insurgents were detained.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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