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Nato confirms 7 deaths

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 - 01:06

Roadside bombs, clashes kill 7 American troops and 35 civilians in Afghanistan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) spokesperson Brigadier General, Gunter Katz told a news conference on Monday (July 9) said that seven U.S. soldiers were among the dead in a string of roadside bombs and clashes on Sunday (July 08) in southern Afghanistan, one of the most violent days in the country for months. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESPERSON FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCES (ISAF), BRIGADIER GENERAL GUNTER KATZ, SAYING: "I can confirm that yesterday seven American soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan, anything else is still due to investigation and I cannot give you any further details on this incident for the time being." Twenty-eight Afghan civilians and police were killed in southern Kandahar and Helmand provinces, also on Sunday said officials. (SOUNDBITE) (English) SPOKESPERSON FOR INTERNATIONAL SECURITY ASSISTANCE FORCES (ISAF), BRIGADIER GENERAL GUNTER KATZ, SAYING: "Yesterday was a tough day for Afghan civilians, coalition and Afghan forces. A number of people were killed or injured due to a number of roadside bombs and conflicts. I extend my sincere condolences to the loved ones, family members and friends of those who were killed and injured." Civilians bear the brunt of the violence. Although the UN reported a 20 percent decrease in civilian deaths in the first four months of this year from the same period in 2011, last year saw the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan rise for a fifth straight year to over 3,000. NATO says the vast majority of these deaths are caused by insurgents, not by the coalition.

Nato confirms 7 deaths

Monday, Jul 09, 2012 - 01:06

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