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Three NATO soldier killed in E. Afghanistan

(Xinhua)

08:13, April 27, 2012

KABUL, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Three NATO soldier were killed on Thursday in a blast in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed on Thursday.

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

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

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