A NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

15:33, April 08, 2011      

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A soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in a blast on Thursday in Afghanistan's restive southern provinces, bringing to two the number of military alliance casualties in a single day, ISAF confirmed in a statement on Friday.

"An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan yesterday," said the brief statement released here by ISAF.

Another NATO service member was killed in an insurgent attack in country's eastern region on the same day Thursday.

However, the military alliance did not disclose the nationalities of the victims, saying "It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."

Troops mainly from the United States, Britain, Canada and Australia have been stationed in the southern region within the framework of ISAF while troops mostly from the U.S. are deployed in eastern part of the insurgency-hit country to fight Taliban militants.

More than 115 NATO soldiers, with majority of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan since beginning this year.

Source: Xinhua
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