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NATO soldier killed in Afghanistan

world Updated: Jul 25, 2008 15:56 IST

A soldier with NATO's force in Afghanistan was killed and two wounded in a clash with insurgents in the troubled south of the country, the alliance's International Security Assistance Force said Friday.

The ISAF casualties occurred on Thursday in the southern province of Helmand, it said in a statement.

"One ISAF soldier was killed and two were wounded during an engagement with insurgents in Helmand province July 24," a statement said, giving no other details.

ISAF does not release details of its casualties, including their nationalities.

The force comprises about 53,000 soldiers from 40 countries. Most of the soldiers in Helmand, one of the hotspots of a Taliban insurgency, are British. A British soldier was killed in Helmand on Tuesday.

Nearly 140 foreign soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan this year, most of them in unrest.