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06 August 2017, 01:38 | Damon Campbell
NATO soldier, 3 Afghan civilians killed in Taliban attack
The blast also killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 11 others, including an Afghan interpreter and three more soldiers from the former Soviet republic, NATO's Resolute Support mission said in a statement early Friday.
It said that another five soldiers and an interpreter were injured; adding that they were in stable condition and being treated at nearby Bagram Airfield, the largest USA base in the country.
"The fearless soldiers of Afghan army and police have foiled Taliban vicious plan to capture control of Gereshk and block the main Kandahar-Herat roadway", the statement said, adding that the road was closed down for hours but it reopened for traffic later Friday.
Stepped up Taliban attacks this week have focused mostly on the country's south, but there was also a deadly bombing in the western city of Herat, where 32 people died in a militant assault on a Shiite mosque.
It has been a bloody week for the worldwide coalition, with two Americans killed and four wounded in a separate attack on a convoy Wednesday.
Thursday evening's attack hit the NATO patrol near the town of Qarabagh, barely 30 kilometers (18 miles) north of Kabul, the Afghan capital, the USA military said.
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The clashes are the latest in a series of attacks to have hit Afghanistan this week.
On Wednesday, two US service members - Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, and Spc.
Two US soldiers died when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into their convoy in Kandahar on Wednesday.
The leader of the right-wing Hezb-e-Islami political party, Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, has urged the US and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member states to help end foreign meddling in Afghanistan that he claims is responsible for prolonging the deadly conflict. The U.S. component is made up of some 8,400 service members.
Separately, a suicide car-bomb took place in the Gerishk district and fighting was underway in the vicinity of the district, district chief Mohammad Salem Rodi said. The troops are serving in the Resolute Support mission to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces.
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