1 NATO solider killed, 7 wounded in Afghanistan

One soldier of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed and seven others including one from ISAF and six Afghan soldiers were wounded in two separate conflicts in south Afghanistan Sunday, according to a press release of the multinational force.

The skirmishes took place in the restive Helmand and Kandahar provinces, the hotbed of Taliban militants, the press release said, adding "one ISAF soldier was killed early this morning during the attack in Helmand province."

The NATO troops had repulsed the attack with small arms fire and heavy machine gun.

"In a separate incident, an ISAF soldier and six Afghan National Army soldiers were wounded during a mortar attack on their base in Kandahar early this morning,"it said, adding that all the injured soldiers have been taken to a military hospital at Kandahar airport.

However, the NATO in its statement declined to identify the nationality of the diseased soldier, saying ISAF will not release the nationality of the soldier until the relevant nation has done so.

Mostly troops from Canada, Holland and Britain have been stationed in south Afghanistan to help stabilize security in the region.

More than 1,900 people including some 90 foreign troops were killed in Afghanistan in the past eight months.

Source: Xinhua

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