Rocket Attack Kills 2 NATO Troops in Afghanistan

Posted May 18th, 2012 at 8:20 am (UTC-5)
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NATO says a rocket attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed two of its service members.

Local coalition officials say six other NATO troops were slightly wounded in Friday in the Nari district of Kunar province.

So far this year, at least 154 coalition service members have been killed in Afghanistan.

Officials say another insurgent rocket attack in the Watapoor district of Kunar killed two women and a child on Friday. At least six other civilians were wounded.

The attacks come a day after a group of suicide bombers dressed in police uniforms killed seven people in an assault on a government compound in the western province of Farah.

Earlier this month, the Taliban announced the start of its annual spring offensive.

NATO has transferred security control of large portions of Afghanistan to local authorities. Most of the 130,000-strong foreign force is set to leave the country by the end of 2014.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and leaders of the foreign donor nations meet Sunday in Chicago to finalize details of the foreign troop withdrawal and outline future international assistance to the war-torn country.