Four NATO troops killed in Afghanistan

March 15th, 2009 - 11:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Kabul, March 15 (DPA) Four NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan, the military alliance said Sunday.
Two of the soldiers were killed instantly when their vehicle was struck by the bomb and two soldiers died of the wounds they sustained in the attack, an ISAF spokesman in Kabul said.

“On behalf of ISAF, I offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of our fallen soldiers,” Brigadier-General Richard Blanchette said in a statement.

“These dedicated professionals have risked their lives for a safe and stable Afghanistan,” he said.

Citing ISAF policy, which does not reveal nationality of any casualty prior to the relevant NATO countries doing so, the alliance did not disclose the nationalities of the soldiers, nor did it say where in exactly the incident, took place.

Most of the troops stationed in eastern region of the country are from the US and France. ISAF has more than 50,000 forces deployed from 41 nations to the war-torn Afghanistan.

The latest fatalities came a day after a British and a French soldiers were killed in two separate Taliban attacks in southern and eastern regions of the country, where Taliban militants have their strongholds.

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