NATO soldiers, rebels killed in Afghanistan

26th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

KABUL, July 26, 2007 (AFP) - Two NATO soldiers from Britain and France and some 20 suspected Taliban militants were killed across Afghanistan Wednesday in separate attacks, officials said.

KABUL, July 26, 2007 (AFP) - Two NATO soldiers from Britain and France and some 20 suspected Taliban militants were killed across Afghanistan Wednesday in separate attacks, officials said.

A British soldier was killed and two others hurt in an explosion in the country's southern Helmand province, the British defence ministry said.

"The soldiers had been taking part in a routine patrol and were returning to their patrol base when the explosion struck their Vector vehicle," a statement said.

The explosion happened at about 5:50 am (0050 GMT). The identity of the soldier has not yet been released but he was from the 1st Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment. The soldiers' families have been informed.

"An emergency response helicopter was requested and the soldier was flown to the ISAF medical facility at Camp Bastion for treatment, but sadly he did not survive," the statement continued.

"The two other casualties were also taken to the ISAF hospital for treatment and their injuries are not life threatening.

A French army instructor also died following an overnight rocket attack on an Afghan army unit in Wardak province, the French defence ministry said.

The deaths bring to 120 the number of soldiers from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to have died in Afghanistan this year. Last year, 191 foreign soldiers were killed in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile coalition forces said more than 20 militants were killed in southern Kandahar province, a former Taliban stronghold, after a plane bombed their positions near the village of Chenar.

The action came after a joint Afghan-NATO patrol was ambushed -- the third such attack in two days -- according to coalition officials.

Some 7,000 British soldiers are deployed in southern Afghanistan and the figure is set to cross 7,700 shortly. France has about 1,000 troops stationed in the country, most of them around Kabul.

Since 2002, 65 British soldiers and 11 French troops have died in Afghanistan.


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