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Bomb kills NATO soldier in Afghanistan

world Updated: Jun 03, 2009 10:50 IST

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A bomb planted by insurgents has killed a foreign soldier serving with NATO in southern Afghanistan, the deadliest battlefield in the war against Taliban militants, the alliance said on Wednesday.

The International Security Assistance Force released a brief statement that did not give the nationality of the soldier killed on Tuesday. Most of the troops in the south are Americans, British or Canadians.

"An International Security Assistance Force soldier was killed as a result of an improvised explosive device strike by insurgents in southern Afghanistan yesterday," the statement said.

There has been a spate of deadly attacks against the mostly Western ISAF in recent days.

A US soldier in the 40-nation force was killed with an interpreter in a bomb strike in the eastern province of Paktya on Tuesday. Four US soldiers were killed in two bomb blasts in Wardak province near Kabul on Monday.

The death reported on Wednesday would take to 122 the number of foreign soldiers to lose their lives in Afghanistan so far this year, most of them in attacks, according to a tally maintained by the icasualties.org website.