Roadside bomb kills NATO soldier in southern Afghanistan

March 27th, 2012 - 9:47 pm ICT by BNO News  

KABUL, Afghanistan (BNO NEWS) — A coalition service member was killed on Tuesday when a roadside bomb exploded in southern Afghanistan, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said. Few other details were immediately released

ISAF said one of its service members was killed when an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Afghanistan’s south. But because the multinational force defers the release of specific details to national authorities, no other details about the incident were released, including the exact location.

The nationality of the service member involved was also not immediately disclosed by ISAF. “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities,” a brief statement said.

Tuesday’s death raises the number of coalition troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year to 90, most of them American and British service members, according to official figures. Two British service members and an American soldier were killed on Monday when rogue Afghan security forces opened fire at them.

A total of 566 ISAF troops were killed in Afghanistan in 2011, down from 711 in 2010. A majority of the fallen troops were American and were killed in the country’s south, which is plagued by IED attacks on troops and civilians.

There are currently more than 130,000 ISAF troops in Afghanistan, including some 90,000 U.S. troops and more than 9,500 British soldiers. U.S. President Barack Obama previously ordered a drawdown of 23,000 U.S. troops later this year, and foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

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