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Six international soldiers killed in Afghanistan: NATO

Six international soldiers were killed today in a wave of violence in some of the most volatile regions of insurgency-wracked Afghanistan, NATO said.

world Updated: Jan 11, 2010 23:25 IST

Six international soldiers were killed today in a wave of violence in some of the most volatile regions of insurgency-wracked Afghanistan, NATO said.

The dead included three Americans killed in southern Afghanistan, one French soldier northeast of the capital Kabul, and two more whose nationalities were not officially given, NATO and military officials said.

The deaths bring to 15 the number of foreign soldiers who have died in Afghanistan fighting a virulent Taliban insurgency since the start of this year.

"An ISAF service member was killed today in an IED strike in southern Afghanistan," NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement, announcing the sixth death of the day.

The three US soldiers were killed while fighting militants in southern Afghanistan, ISAF said.

The deaths followed that of a French soldier who died from wounds sustained during a similar attack in an area not far from the capital Kabul, President Nicolas Sarkozy's office and military officials said.

A NATO official who wished to remain anonymous told AFP that the fifth soldier who died was also French, wounded in the same attack, but this information could not be confirmed by ISAF or French authorities.

The sixth death was caused by an improvised explosive devise, or IED, the hallmark of the Taliban insurgency, ISAF said.