5 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Taliban Suicide Bomb Attack
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Six NATO troops, five Americans and one Canadian are dead after a Taliban suicide car bomber struck their convoy in the Afghan capital today.
Twelve Afghan civilians were also killed. Many of them were on a public bus that was among 20 vehicles hit in the rush-hour traffic on a major road through Kabul. Nearly four dozen other people were wounded.
The wide boulevard runs between a one-time royal palace and government ministries. The blast left it scattered with debris and body parts. President Hamid Karzai condemned the bombing, noting that the casualties included women and children. The Taliban are claiming responsibility for the attack.
It's the deadliest against NATO troops in the capital since September and comes as NATO readies a major offensive in the southern province of Kandahar, a major Taliban stronghold.
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