IED blast kills three NATO soldiers in E Afghanistan

15:42, August 31, 2010      

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Three soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed Tuesday in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan, bringing to 10 the number of causalities of ISAF since Monday morning, the military alliance said in a statement.

"Three International Security Assistance Force service members died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today," the statement said.

However, the statement did not disclose the nationalities of the victims by saying "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorizes."

Roadside bomb and IEDs, planted by Taliban militants, have proved the deadliest weapons for Afghan and international forces as seven ISAF troopers were killed in two separate IED explosions in Taliban stronghold of southern part of country on Monday.

The lethal weapons also claimed the lives of hundreds of Afghan civilians since beginning this year.

More than 480 NATO soldiers with majority of them Americans have been killed in Taliban-linked activities since January this year in Afghanistan.

Over 140,000-strong NATO-led ISAF, with majority of them Americans, have been deployed in Afghanistan to help bring security in the post-Taliban central Asian state.

Source: Xinhua


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