Six US-led troops killed in Afghanistan

A powerful bomb explosion has ripped through a US military convoy in Kabul, killing at least six US-led soldiers and several Afghan civilians.

The casualties came after the strong explosion targeted a convoy of vehicles carrying US-led foreign forces in Afghanistanâ„¢s capital, Kabul, on Thursday morning.

Afghan officials say the blast killed six foreign troops, including two Americans, and also eight Afghan civilians. But the US-led Western military alliance said two American soldiers and four contractors died in the deadly blast.

Media reports say nearly three dozen Afghan civilians were injured in the incident

Afghanistan’s Islamic Party led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has claimed responsibility for the fresh bombing.

Over seventy US-led foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year. Most of those who have died are Americans.

The latest deaths bring the number of US-led soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year to at least 65.

According to the latest figures released by the website icasualties.org, 3,314 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began in October 2001.

The number of casualties among foreign troops peaks at this time of year, known as the Taliban spring offensive, as the militants step up their attacks on US-led forces during this period.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

The Afghan conflict has seen a surge in attacks on foreign troops in recent months. More than four hundred foreign soldiers were killed in the war-torn country last year alone.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

JR/SS

This article originally appeared on : Press TV