IED blast kills NATO soldier in Afghanistan

08:29, May 11, 2011      

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A soldier with NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) lost his life in Afghanistan as an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off on Tuesday, the alliance said in a statement.

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

However, it did not reveal the nationality of the victim, saying it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

Troops mostly from U.S. have been stationed in eastern region of the war-torn Afghanistan.

More than 160 NATO soldiers with majority of them Americans have been killed in Afghanistan since beginning this year.

Over 140,00-strong NATO-led troops with nearly 100,000 of them Americans have been deployed in Afghanistan to fight Taliban militants and ensure security there.

Source: Xinhua
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