| GEO World|
| Bomb kills two coalition soldiers in Afghanistan|
| Updated at: 1950 PST, Friday, June 19, 2009|
KABUL: A bomb struck a military convoy on the outskirts of Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar on Friday and killed two soldiers, the US military said.
There was no claim of responsibility for the attack but Taliban insurgents regularly use roadside bombs against the thousands of mostly Western troops helping the Afghan government to defeat an extremist insurgency.
"There was an IED (improvised explosive device) attack on the convoy this morning and two coalition service members were killed," US Chief Petty Officer Brian Naranjo told a foreign news agency. "It was a roadside bomb."
The new killings would take to 144 the number of international soldiers who have lost their lives in Afghanistan this year, according to a toll maintained by icasualties.org which tracks the conflicts here and in Iraq.
Bomb strikes killed up to 70 percent of the soldiers, the military says.
The Taliban were in government between 1996 and 2001 when they were removed in a US-led invasion launched after the extremist regime did not hand over its allies in the Al-Qaeda network following the September 11 attacks.