US-led soldier, local interpreter killed in Afghanistan
A powerful roadside bomb explosion has killed at least one US-led foreign soldier and an Afghan interpreter in troubled southern Afghanistan, Press TV reported.
The attack took place on Monday at the customs office in Kandahar Province. Another foreign soldier was wounded in the attack.
The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the bombing. A spokesman for the militants has claimed that 13 foreign troops died in the attack.
Attacks on US-led foreign forces have been on the rise in Afghanistan. At least 38 foreign soldiers have been killed in the country so far in 2011. Improvised explosive devices have proven to be the weapon of choice in most attacks.
Last year was the bloodiest year for foreign forces in Afghanistan -- with the foreign troop death toll standing at 711.
The invasion of Afghanistan took place with the official objective of curbing militancy and bringing peace and stability to the country. Nine years on, however, Afghanistan remains unstable and civilians continue to pay the price.
As casualties have risen in Afghanistan over the past few months, public opinion in the United States and other countries has begun turning against the war.