Two NATO soldiers, guard killed in Afghan shooting

Two foreign soldiers and a security guard were killed in a shooting in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, sparking an investigation, the NATO-led force said.

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2011, 21:45 PM IST

Kabul: Two foreign soldiers and a security
guard were killed in a shooting in southern Afghanistan on Saturday,
sparking an investigation, the NATO-led force said.

NATO`s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
said it was probing the incident, but did not give any further
details or reveal the nationalities of the victims.

Violence between coalition forces and security guards or
Afghan forces is relatively rare, but not unheard of.

Last November, an Afghan border policeman in eastern
Nangarhar province killed six US soldiers before being gunned
down by others.

And in July, an Afghan soldier killed three British
service members in southern Helmand province with gunfire and
a rocket-propelled grenade before fleeing the base. The
Taliban later claimed responsibility for both incidents.

ISAF also said today that a NATO soldier was killed by an
improvised explosive device in the east of the country.

The deaths took to 91 the number of foreign soldiers
killed so far in 2011, according to a news agency tally based on that
kept by icasualties.org.

Around 140,000 foreign troops are in Afghanistan fighting
a bloody insurgency waged by the Taliban since a US-led
invasion toppled their regime in late 2001.

Last year was by far the deadliest yet for foreign
troops, with more than 700 fatalities reported in the
conflict. Southern and eastern Afghanistan have been worst
affected by the violence.

PTI