Four NATO soldiers killed in Afghan south
KABUL (AFP) – Four NATO soldiers, one of them British, were killed in insurgent attacks in the south of Afghanistan on Friday, the force said as the death toll for foreign troops in the country mounted.
Two other foreign troops, including a Briton, died in separate blasts from improvised explosive devices, the Taliban's weapon of choice.
The soldiers were part of NATO's International Force, whose estimated 142,000 troops in Afghanistan are set to increase to 150,000 by August.
The British soldier was killed in an explosion in Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, where most of Britain's 9,500 troops in are based, the Ministry of Defence in London said.
A total of 299 British troops have now been killed in operations in Afghanistan, which were launched in October 2001.
The latest deaths take to 273 the number of foreign soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year, according to an AFP tally based on figures kept by the independent icasualties.org website.