NATO soldier killed in S. Afghanistan
One NATO soldier was killed on Monday in a blast in southern Afghanistan, the military alliance confirmed on Monday, Xinhua reported.
"An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) service member died following an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan today," the NATO-led ISAF said in a press releases issued on Monday.
However, the brief statement did not provide more details and the nationality of the victim, only saying "it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities."
Taliban insurgents, whose regime was toppled in a U.S.-led incursion in late 2001, have intensified their activities against Afghan forces and some 130,000 ISAF troops recently as spring and summer, known as "fighting season", is drawing near in the insurgency-hit country.
A total of 136 NATO soldiers with majority of them Americans have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.