Three soldiers were killed in insurgent attacks Tuesday, and two Afghans were killed a separate incident, NATO said, dpa reported.
It said two troops were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, while a third soldier died in the western region.
Two civilians were killed and eight others injured when a motorcycle bomb exploded near a police convoy in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, a provincial official said. Five civilians including women and children were killed and two others injured by a roadside bomb Monday in the western province of Herat, private broadcaster Tolonews reported. Also on Monday, insurgents on a motorcycle shot and killed a government official and a policeman in a bazaar in the western province of Farah, NATO said. In the northern province of Kunduz, combined forces killed six suspected insurgents and detained several others
Monday while in pursuit of an unnamed former Taliban commander, it said. More than 140,000 US and NATO troops are currently based in Afghanistan. The US and some allied countries sent additional forces this year. The insurgents have also stepped up their attacks, mainly with roadside bombs, which have caused most NATO casualties.
Some 433 foreign troops have been killed so far this year, according to the icasualties.org website, which tracks Western military deaths.