Five soldiers killed in Afghan unrest

Four Afghan soldiers and one from NATO-led international force were killed.

Updated: Mar 02, 2011, 00:49 AM IST

Pul-e-Alam (Afghanistan): Four Afghan
soldiers and one from the NATO-led international force have
been killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan,
officials said on Tuesday.

The Afghan soldiers and their interpreter were killed
in a bomb blast in Logar province just south of the Afghan
capital Kabul late yesterday.

"The soldiers were patrolling a local bazaar in Charkh
district when the bomb which was planted near a shop
exploded," Din Mohammad Darvish, a provincial spokesman in
Pul-e-Alam, the main town in Logar province said.
In southern Afghanistan, a soldier from the NATO-led
International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in
an insurgent attack Tuesday, ISAF said.
It did not provide further details or the soldier`s
nationality, in line with its policy.

Afghanistan is battling an insurgency being waged by
the Taliban, militant Islamists who were in power between 1996
and 2001.
There are around 140,000 international troops in
Afghanistan, around two-thirds of them from the United States.
Independent website puts the international
troop death toll in Afghanistan so far this year at 68.

Bureau Report