Suicide attack kills 2 NATO soldiers in east Afghanistan

08:30, December 06, 2010      

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Two soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in a suicide attack that hit Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province on Sunday, a statement of the alliance released here said.

"A suicide bomb detonated at a bazaar near an International Security Assistance Force operating base in Gardez district, Paktia province today," the statement said.

It added that, "Two International Security Assistance Force service members died as a result of the attack."

However, it did not identify the nationalities of the victims, saying it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

Troops mostly from the United States of America have been stationed in the eastern region to help strengthen security there.

Earlier, a senior police officer in Paktia province Ghulam Dastgir in talks with Xinhua confirmed that the blast left two Afghan soldiers dead and injured four others.

Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a Taliban fighter namely Gul Rasoul blew himself up in a bazaar located next to the gate of a military compound, leaving over a dozen Afghan and foreign soldiers dead.

Source: Xinhua


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