One NATO soldier killed in S Afghanistan

08:08, June 10, 2011      

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A NATO soldier was killed Thursday in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in volatile southern Afghanistan, the military alliance said.

"An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan today," said a statement issued by NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) here.

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

Troops mainly from U.S., Britain, Canada and Australia have been stationed in the southern region within the framework of ISAF to fight Taliban militants.

The simple but lethal homemade Taliban weapon, the Improvised Explosive Device (IED), used in making suicide vests and roadside bombs has proved challenging for Afghan and NATO-led forces in the insurgency-hit country.

Over 230 NATO soldiers, most of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan since beginning this year.

Source: Xinhua
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