Five members of US-led mission die in Afghanistan

Deaths in roadside bomb explosion brings coalition fatalities to 47 for 2013

Nato confirmed today that five members of the US-led coalition were killed in a roadside bomb yesterday. Photograph: Parwiz/Reuters

Nato confirmed today that five members of the US-led coalition were killed in a roadside bomb yesterday. Photograph: Parwiz/Reuters

Sat, May 4, 2013, 14:43

Five members of the US-led international military coalition have been killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan — the first foreign troops killed this month around the country.

In a statement, Nato said the five were killed today. It provided no other details or the nationalities of those killed.

Such information is usually released after families are notified.

With the deaths, 47 members of the coalition have been killed so far this year, including 32 Americans.

It is understood the five dead are not British.

Three British soldiers were killed on April 30th when their armoured vehicle hit a bomb in southern Helmand province.

AP