NATO soldier among 17 killed in attacks in Afghanistan

April 8th, 2008 - 9:52 pm ICT by admin  

Kabul, April 8 (DPA) One NATO soldier was killed and another wounded in an explosion in southern Afghanistan, while 11 policemen and five Taliban militants were killed in separate attacks, officials said Tuesday. The foreign soldier died of wounds from an explosion in southern Ghazni province, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

The statement did not disclose the nationalities of the soldiers, citing ISAF’s policy that does not release the nationalities of the victims prior to the relevant authorities doing so.

Two NATO-led Polish soldiers were reportedly wounded in a roadside explosion in Ghazni province Monday.

Afghan police also came under attack in Karez Bazaar area of Maiwand district of Kandahar province during a poppy eradication campaign Monday, provincial police chief Sayed Agha Saqib said.

“The firefight lasted for hours and as a result seven policemen and five Taliban members were killed,” Saqib said, adding that two policemen and three Taliban fighters were also wounded.

Southern Afghanistan is the largest opium-producing region in the country. The illicit drug is widely believed to have funded the six years of the Taliban’s insurgency since the ousting of their regime in late 2001.

In a separate incident, two policemen were killed and six others wounded when their vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in Sangin district of volatile Helmand province the same day, provincial police chief Mohammad Hussain Andewal said.

He blamed Taliban militants for the attack.

Two other troops were killed and another wounded when Taliban attacked a police post in Shindand district of western Herat province Monday, Mohammad Raouf Ahmadi, police spokesman for the western region said.

More than 900 Afghan police troops were killed in Taliban attacks last year.

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