Four US troops and a former anti-Soviet guerrilla commander were killed in Afghanistan on Sunday. The former guerrilla commander's two bodyguards and his two young sons were killed with him.
Three of the US casualties died in insurgent attacks and one was killed by a homemade bomb, NATO said.The deaths bring the number of international forces killed in Afghanistan this month to 42, including 28 Americans, according to a count by The Associated Press. Sixty-six American troops were killed in July, making it the deadliest month for US forces in Afghanistan since the 2001 invasion.
The exact places where the casualties occurred were not given, although heavy fighting was reported in Jaji district of eastern Paktiya province, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) from the border with Pakistan.
In the country's north, insurgents using a bomb detonated by remote control destroyed the vehicle in which former guerrilla commander Salaam Pahlawan was traveling as he made his way Saturday to government offices in Faryab province's Al Mar district, said provincial police commander Khalil Andarbi.
The attack also killed two of Pahlawan's sons, ages 5 and 10, and two bodyguards, Andarbi said.