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Australian soldier killed in Uruzgan blast

Australian soldier killed in Uruzgan blast

Feb 19, 2011 - 20:28

TIRINKOT (PANinfo-icon): An International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) soldier was killed in a roadside bomb attack in central Uruzgan province on Saturday, officials said.

The roadside bombing, a weapon of choice for the Talibaninfo-icon militants, happened in the Mahrabad area on the outskirts of Tirinkot, the provincial capital, an Afghan army commander said.

One Australian soldier was killed and his Afghan interpreter wounded in the explosion that hit an ISAF patrol in the area, 205th Atal Corps Commander brig. Gen. Mohammad Zafar told Pajhwok Afghan News.

A coalition spokeswoman in Uruzgan, meanwhile, confirmed the afternoon assault. However, Margaret Nicholas avoided giving details of the bombing.

Late on Friday, two foreign troops were killed in insurgent attacks in the relatively stable northernern Afghanistaninfo-icon, the alliance said. Since the beginning of 2011, 50 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. Last year, the deadliest for the NATOinfo-icon-led force, 711 international troops were killed in the country.


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