Five foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Five foreign soldiers were killed in Afghanistan Sunday, NATO`s International Security Assistance Force said in separate statements.

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2010, 21:46 PM IST

Kabul: Five foreign soldiers were killed in Afghanistan Sunday, NATO`s International Security Assistance Force said in separate statements.

Two troops were killed by home-made bombs in the south of the country. One of the blasts took place in Spin Boldak district, near the border with Pakistan, local police said.

The three other service personnel died after an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan. No further details were given in line with ISAF policy.

A total of 641 foreign troops have now been killed in Afghanistan this year, according to an AFP count based on the independent icasualties.org web site, which tracks coalition fatalities and injuries.

That compares to 521 killed in 2009, in what was previously the deadliest year on record for the forces in Afghanistan.

Improvised explosive devices account for the majority of coalition fatalities.

There are currently more than 150,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan to support the Western-backed government of President Hamid Karzai and fight an increasing Taliban-led insurgency that has stretched across the country.

ISAF and Afghan National Army troops Sunday foiled a pre-dawn Taliban attack on a major military airbase in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, killing eight militants.

PTI