Clash leaves 1 NATO soldier dead, wounds few in northern Afghan province

19:33, August 23, 2010      

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One NATO soldier killed and some others sustained injuries as troops came in contact with Taliban militants in Baghlan province north of Afghanistan on Monday, a spokesman with the alliance in the northern region confirmed.

"The clash erupted in Gargarak area outside provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri at 07:00 a.m. local time and lasted for a while, as a result one soldier was killed and few others sustained injured," Major Wesell told newsmen.

However, he did not provide more details.

He also did not say if there were any casualties on Taliban.

Meantime, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location claimed destroying a tank and inflicting casualties to the troops.

Troops from Hungry are stationed in Baghlan province.

Earlier in the morning NATO-led troops in a statement confirmed that Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strikes left one service member dead in north Afghanistan and another in the restive southern region.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:黄蓓蓓)

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