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Six Canadian Soldiers, Translator Killed in Afghan Bomb Attack
A roadside bomb tore through a NATO vehicle on Wednesday, killing six Canadian soldiers and their Afghan interpreter in a southern Afghan region that has recently seen heavy fighting, officials said.
The deadly blast happened in Kandahar province's Zhari district, Afghan police said.
Brig. Gen. Tim Grant, the head of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, said that soldiers were Canadian.
The attack was the deadliest against foreign troops in Afghanistan since May 13, when seven soldiers were killed — five Americans, a Canadian and a Briton — when the Chinook helicopter they were riding in crashed in Helmand province. Officials at the time said it appeared a rocket-propelled grenade might have brought the aircraft down.
Afghan and NATO forces clashed with Taliban militants in Zhari earlier this week, leaving 33 suspected insurgents dead on Tuesday, according to the provincial governor.
Seven Afghan police died in a roadside bomb explosion in Zhari on Monday.
The region was the site of one of NATO's largest-ever operations last fall, and remains highly volatile.