512 foreign troops killed in Afghanistan in 2009: official
A total of 512 international troops were killed in Afghanistan in 2009, local media reported Saturday.
Among those killed, 448 were in military operations and 64 in other incidents, the English newspaper Outlook Afghanistan quoted Jeff Loftin, press officer of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), as saying, Xinhua reported.
The press officer told the newspaper that 280 foreign soldiers were killed by improvised explosive device (IED) strikes, which is branded the most lethal kind of attack launched by the Taliban.
Loftin failed to disclose as which country suffered how many military causalities.
The around 83,000-strong ISAF troops were from 44 countries.