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NATO soldier killed in S. Afghanistan

(Xinhua)

08:22, April 24, 2012

KABUL, April 23 (Xinhua) -- One NATO soldier was killed on Sunday in a blast in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed on Monday.

"Two International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service members died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan yesterday," the NATO-led ISAF said in a press releases issued on Monday.

However, the brief statement did not provide more details and the nationalities of the victims, only saying "it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."

Taliban insurgents, whose regime was toppled in a U.S.-led incursion in late 2001, have intensified their activities against Afghan forces and some 130,000 ISAF troops recently as spring and summer, known as "fighting season", are drawing near in the insurgency-hit country.

A total of 122 NATO soldiers with majority of them Americans have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

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