Blast wounds 3 NATO soldiers in N Afghanistan

17:16, November 22, 2010      

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Three soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) sustained injuries as an explosive device went off in northern Kunduz province on Monday, a spokesman with the alliance said.

"Three soldiers were injured in an explosion in Khaqani area outside provincial capital Kunduz city at 8 a.m. local time," Lieutenant Colonel Burchardi told Xinhua.

All the injured soldiers are from Germany, he added. The incident happened while the soldiers were on routine patrol.

More than 4000 German soldiers have been serving in Afghanistan within the framework of NATO-led ISAF troops to help stabilize security in the post-Taliban country.

Kunduz and the neighboring Baghlan province have been experiencing Taliban-linked militancy since early this year.

Traditionally southern Afghanistan has been regarded as Taliban heartland in militancy-hit Afghanistan but the hardliner militias have been trying to infiltrate into peaceful northern part of country over the past couple of years.

Source: Xinhua


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