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3 NATO service members killed in E Afghanistan

(Xinhua)

14:52, December 28, 2011

KABUL, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- Three NATO service members were killed Tuesday in a blast in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed on Wednesday morning.

"Three International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan yesterday," the NATO-led ISAF said in a press release.

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

Troops mostly from the United States have been stationed in eastern Afghanistan within the framework of ISAF to curb Taliban- linked insurgency there.

Afghan Taliban has launched massive IED attacks against ISAF and Afghan national security force in recent years.

A total of 558 NATO soldiers, most of them Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan since beginning this year.

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