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NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan: military

world Updated: Aug 09, 2009 14:56 IST

A NATO soldier has been killed in an bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, the alliance's International Security Assistance Force announced today, as the death toll mounts in the fight against the Taliban.

The ISAF troop was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) yesterday, it said in a statement. Such homemade bombs are the main weapon of the extremist militants.

The more than 40-nation force does not release the nationalities of its casualties before they are announced by the home country.

There are more than 100,000 international soldiers in Afghanistan, nearly two-thirds of them in the US military with British and Canadian forces also playing a role in the south, the most dangerous battlefield.

Without the latest death, 19 international soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan this month, according to the icasualties.Org website which compiles a toll.

Last month was the deadliest for the troops since the 2001 US-led invasion, with 76 killed, the website says.