Two suicide bombers attacked a foot patrol in Kunar province in eastern Afghanistan. The attack killed three U.S. soldiers and one civilian as well.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack that took place Wednesday morning. A local government spokesperson also claimed the attack killed one civilian and wounded three others. The attack took place as the soldiers were on a foot patrol near the Kunar Provincial Council office.
As usual, reports about the incident vary. Provincial officials have claimed that nine civilians were killed and that there was only one bomber. The Taliban however said that there were two suicide bombers involved.
The death toll for U.S. troops in Afghanistan this year is now 216. Other NATO countries have suffered a further 65 casualties.Just hours after this attack on the other side of Afghanistan a roadside bomb hit a bus killing at least three people. After the attack many wounded passengers were trapped on the bus as police fought insurgents for several hours.
The incident happened in the western Afghan province of Farah. On the same day insurgents attacked a police checkpoint in the same province. Sources say one militant was killed but details of casualties are still to come as the battle lasted several hours into Wednesday afternoon.
NATO and Afghan forces have killed at least 18 insurgents in the east on August 7th according an ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) report. The report also noted that one insurgent was detained and four IED's were cleared. In one air strike 10 insurgents were killed and the other eight were killed in two other separate incidents. Even though the NATO forces are carrying out operations that have killed many insurgents the Taliban still retain the ability to strike back. The Afghan struggle is far from over.