Two NATO service members killed in Afghanistan

Insurgents killed two members of NATO`s mission to Afghanistan.

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 00:24 AM IST

Kabul: Insurgents killed two members of
NATO`s mission to Afghanistan in the south of the country
on Wednesday, the multinational force said.

NATO didn`t release the names of the service members
killed or say exactly where the attack took place. Ten service
members with the international coalition have died so far this

A suicide bombing earlier this week in the southern
province of Kandahar, which remains a hotbed of Taliban
activity despite an influx of US troops over the past year,
killed a retired US Customs and Border Protection officer and
wounded three other US customs workers.

US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said
in a statement released late yesterday in Washington that
David Hillman, a retired customs officer who had worked for
the US government for 30 years, died in the blast Monday at
the Inland Customs Warehouse in Kandahar.

Afghan police said the suicide bomber detonated a
cache of explosives inside the city`s customs house compound
during a visit by NATO forces.

The Taliban in Kandahar are attacking officials and
others who support pro-government forces. Earlier this month,
a suicide bomber killed the province`s deputy governor.
Afghan officials have been targeted elsewhere too.

In the northern Balkh province, a roadside bomb
exploded and killed the director of criminal investigations in
the province`s Chimtal district. Provincial police spokesman
Sher Jan Durani said four bodyguards were also wounded when
the bomb struck the vehicle carrying the official, Noor Ahmad.