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NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

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

world Updated: Jun 13, 2009 13:26 IST

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

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

"An International Security Assistance Force service member was killed as a result of an improvised explosive device strike on Friday in southern Afghanistan," it said.

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

A British soldier was killed in a similar bomb blast in the southern province of Helmand on Thursday, the British defence ministry announced on Friday.

There are nearly 90,000 troops in Afghanistan, most of them under ISAF command and working alongside a US-led coalition and Afghan security forces.

The latest death takes to 135 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.org website.