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Four U.S. troops, one British soldier are killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — A roadside bombing killed four U.S. service members while a British soldier died during a foot patrol elsewhere in the volatile south of the country, officials said Monday.

A statement from NATO's International Security Assistance Force said the explosion that killed the U.S. service members took place Sunday in the south but did not give further details on the location or the victims' branch of service.

Afghan insurgents are increasingly turning to improvised explosive devices in their fight against Afghan and international forces.

Of the 304 U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan last year, 129 were caused by IEDs, according to a tally by the Associated Press.

The deaths are the first U.S. fatalities from hostile action in Afghanistan this year. One U.S. service member has died of noncombat causes so far in 2010.

The British soldier died while on foot patrol Sunday in Helmand province, the British Ministry of Defense said.

Four U.S. troops, one British soldier are killed in Afghanistan 01/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 11:18pm]
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