3 ISAF troops killed in Taliban assaults
KABUL (PAN): Three foreign troops have been killed in separate militant attacks in Afghanistan, where violence has escalated in recent months, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Friday.
Two foreign soldiers died in roadside bombings in the south and north, a weapon of choice for the fighters, while a third was killed in a firefight with the rebels in their eastern heartland.
With the Taliban stepping up assaults as part of their spring offensive across the country, the latest fatalities were announced in brief statements from the NATO-led force that gave no further details in line with its policy.
In Berlin, the defence ministry said an ambush in northern Kunduz province on an armoured vehicle killed one German soldier and wounded five others.
The armoured personnel carrier was struck by an improvised explosive device outside Kunduz City, the provincial capital. At least 53 German soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan so far.
Separately, one Polish corporal was killed and two soldiers were wounded in a Taliban assault on a patrol near an ISAF base in Giro district of Ghazni province. Poland has lost 26 soldiers and a paramedic in the country since the start of the NATO-led mission in 2002.
With the latest deaths, the number of international troops killed in so far this year has reached 222. In 2010, the deadliest year for ISAF, a total of 711 soldiers were killed.
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