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PublishDate: Thursday, January 13, 2011 09:23

Afghans, NATO experience bloody day as 10 soldiers killed, 36 injured

Afghans and NATO-led multinational peacekeeping forces experienced a bloody day Wednesday as four soldiers of the military alliance and six Afghans were killed and three dozen others were injured in Taliban-linked activities, officials confirmed.

Four soldiers of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in two separate incidents, carried out by Taliban in the eastern and southern region of country, the military alliance said in statements.

"Three International Security Assistance Force service members died following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in eastern Afghanistan yesterday,"the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a brief statement issued here.

The military alliance in another statement also confirmed losing another soldier in Taliban hub, the troubled southern region on the same day Wednesday.

"An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan today,"ISAF statement asserted.

However, it did not reveal the nationalities of the victims, saying it is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities.

"A suicide bomber riding an explosive-laden motorbike blew it up next to a bus leaving two dead including an employee of National Directorate for Security (NDS) and injured 32 others including six employees of NDS," Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement.

The suicide bomber was also killed in the blast.

In a related incident, a senior intelligence official was killed as a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in Kunar province, some 185 km east of capital Kabul, on Wednesday, a local official said.

"The dead body of Sahibzada, the deputy chief of National Directorate for Security (NDS) in Kunar province, who was killed in a roadside bomb blast in provincial capital Asadabad this morning has been taken to hospital today,"Director of provincial Health Department Assadullah Fazli told Xinhua.

He added that one more dead body and two injured men have been taken to hospital along with the body of Sahibzada.

Meantime, Zabihullah Mujahid who claims to speak for Taliban outfit, in talks with media via telephone from undisclosed location claimed of responsibility, saying "four intelligence officials were killed in a roadside bomb blast planted by Taliban fighters."

Taliban-lined activities also claimed the life of a pro- government figure Hajji Abdul Hamid and injured two policemen in Ghazni province, some 125 km south of Kabul, provincial Police chief Zarawar Zahid said.

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