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Bomb attacks kill NATO soldier, four children in Afghanistan

Separate bomb attacks killed five Afghan civilians, including four children, and a NATO soldier in troubled parts of Afghanistan on Thursday, the military said.

world Updated: Mar 12, 2010 00:23 IST

Separate bomb attacks killed five Afghan civilians, including four children, and a NATO soldier in troubled parts of Afghanistan on Thursday, the military said.

The soldier, whose nationality was not released, was killed when a makeshift bomb exploded in southern Afghanistan, NATO's International Security assistance Force (ISAF) said.

The latest fatality brought to 121 the number of foreign troops to die in Afghanistan so far this year and underscored the increasingly deadly nature of the conflict for the more than 120,000 US-led and NATO forces in the country.

Last year, 77 foreign soldiers died in the first three months of 2009 in Afghanistan, according to the independent casualties.org website that tracks military deaths.

Four children and another civilian were killed in a separate bomb blast near a NATO-run outpost in Kapisa province, northeast of capital Kabul today, a military official said.

The bomb, similar to those used by Taliban militants in their attacks on military targets, exploded near a security post run by French troops.

The incident occurred two kilometres north of Tagab, close to the main NATO-run Bagram Air Field, which has been troubled by attacks blamed on the Taliban and other insurgents.

"The explosion killed five civilians, including four children, and injured three children," NATO said in a statement, blaming insurgents. (AFP)