NATO soldier, 2 civilians killed in Afghanistan

Other News Materials 8 June 2009 02:29 (UTC +04:00)

The US-led war in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of one coalition soldier, four police officers and two civilians in the country's volatile south, Press TV reported.

An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) statement said on Sunday that the soldier had been killed in a "hostile incident" involving "Taliban insurgents" in southern Afghanistan.

The statement, however, did not disclose the identity or nationality of the soldier or the exact location of the incident.

Presently there are about 70,000 international troops -- mainly American, British, Canadian and Dutch -- based in Afghanistan, who are fighting Taliban insurgency and training Afghan security forces.

Early on Sunday pro-Taliban militants on motorbikes stormed a police post in Afghanistan's northwestern Faryab Province, killing four police officers.

Provincial police chief Khalilullah Ziayee told AFP that the militants had also suffered casualties without going into detail. "The attackers cowardly escaped after we sent reinforcements."

In another incident in Afghanistan's volatile Kandahar Province, a mother and son were killed when a roadside bomb blew up their motorbike, the interior ministry said on Sunday, blaming the attack on insurgents.

The recent attacks come as Washington prepares to deploy 17,000 extra troops to Afghanistan by mid-July.

Many analysts believe that the troop surge in Afghanistan will not defuse the country's current situation and could even result in more violence and civilian casualties.