Tuesday, February 19, 2008

NATO soldier killed in explosion in southern Afghanistan

NATO update


Meanwhile, a NATO soldier was killed and another wounded in an explosion in southern Afghanistan while two suspected Taliban leaders were killed and 22 others militants were detained.

The soldiers were patrolling in Viking vehicles to disrupt Taliban forces north of Sangin in the southern Helmand province when the explosion occurred, British defence ministry said in a statement.

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) also confirmed the death of one of its soldiers and the wounding of another, but provided no more details.

The deceased soldier became the 89th British fatality since the ouster of Taliban in late 2001 in Afghanistan. There are about 7,800 British soldiers deployed mainly to southern Helmand province, which is also the largest-opium-growing province in the country.