NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

08:02, May 26, 2011      

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A soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in an explosion on Wednesday in north Afghanistan, the military alliance said.

"An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in northern Afghanistan today," said an ISAF statement released here.

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

This is the second NATO soldier who has been killed in Afghanistan since Tuesday.

Another soldier, according to ISAF statement released Wednesday, was killed in southern region of Afghanistan on Tuesday.

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.

More than 180 NATO soldiers, with majority of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year.

Source: Xinhua
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