4 NATO soldiers killed in IED blast in E. Afghanistan

08:55, May 24, 2011      

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Four soldiers with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed on Monday in Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance said.

"Four International Security Assistance Force service members died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today," said a statement release by the ISAF here.

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

Troops mostly from United States have been stationed in eastern Afghanistan within the framework of ISAF to fight Taliban insurgents there.

Over 180 NATO soldiers, most of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.

Source: Xinhua
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