2014-06-10 01:45:35

Five NATO soldiers killed in southern Afghanistan

Five NATO troops have died in southern Afghanistan, the international military alliance said. No reason was given for the cause of the deaths.
"Five International Security Assistance Force service members died in southern Afghanistan yesterday," NATO said in a statement on Tuesday.

The statement, however, gave no reason for the deaths and did not reveal the soldiers' nationalities. "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities," it said.

The news marks the worst single incident for NATO troops since five British soldiers were killed in a helicopter crash in the southern province of Kandahar on April 26.

The US-led force is winding down operations in Afghanistan, with the remaining 50,000 NATO combat troops due to leave the country after more than a decade of fighting Taliban insurgents.

The news also comes days before a run-off vote in a presidential election in the country.

(agencies, imedia)

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