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NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

world Updated: Jun 12, 2009 14:19 IST

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A soldier in a NATO-led force operating against Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan was killed in a bomb blast, the alliance said on Friday.

The International Security Assistance Force released a brief statement that did not give the nationality of the dead soldier or details of the incident on Thursday. Most of the troops in the south are US, British or Canadian.

"An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member was killed on Thursday as a result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) strike in southern Afghanistan," it said.

ISAF does not release details about its casualties, leaving this to the home nation.

There are nearly 90,000 troops in Afghanistan, most of them under ISAF command, who work alongside a US-led coalition and the Afghan security forces against a growing Taliban-led insurgency.

The new killing takes to 134 the number of foreign soldiers to have died in Afghanistan so far this year, most of them in attacks, according to a tally maintained by the icasualties.