12 US troops killed in Afghanistan

At least 12 US troops have been killed in Afghanistan’s southeastern province of Paktika, a Taliban spokesman has said.

Taliban Spokesman Zabihollah Mojahid said that in an ambush on a US military convoy in Paktika’s Bashti district, all 12 US troops who were in a military vehicle have been killed.

Afghan officials and the US-led coalition have yet to confirm the report.

Meanwhile in a statement, the occupation forces claimed that five pro-Taliban militants were killed in clashes with Afghan and coalition forces in the restive province of Helmand.

The clashes erupted when a military patrol came under attack from Taliban gunmen in the Sangin district, the statement added. The US-led coalition said there were no casualties among military forces or civilians.