US soldier killed in Afghanistan

Other News Materials 6 August 2009 12:43 (UTC +04:00)

A US soldier was killed in a bomb attack in western Afghanistan, the NATO-led force said Thursday, adding to a soaring foreign military death toll in the fight against the Taliban, reported AFP.

The soldier from the International Security Assistance Force was killed on Wednesday, ISAF said in a statement.

The soldier died when a patrol struck a roadside bomb after troops "engaged" insurgents who were spotted planting bombs in an operation "successfully neutralising their activity," it added.

US military spokeswoman Lieutenant Commander Christine Sidenstricker confirmed the soldier was from United States.

Last month was the deadliest for foreign troops in Afghanistan since the 2001 US-led invasion ousted the extremist Taliban regime from power for sheltering Al-Qaeda following the September 11 attacks.

The independent icasualties.org website says 76 were killed in July, 10 so far this month and 242 so far this year, most of them in hostile incidents.

There are more than 100,000 international soldiers in Afghanistan, including 62,000 US nationals, according to Pentagon figures.