US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan

Polish soldiers stand guard by a road in Ghazni Province. (File Photo)

A US-led soldier has been killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Ghazni, Press TV reports.

Poland’s Defense Ministry announced that the Polish soldier died of wounds suffered in the blast early on Monday.

Marek Pietrzak, the spokesman for the ministry’s Operations Command, said Master Cpl. Jan Kiepura has been injured during a safety-checking mission in the province.

The death of the 35-year-old soldier brings to 40 the number of Polish troops killed in Afghanistan since 2007.

According to the website, icasualties.org, at least 84 foreign soldiers have been killed in the war-torn state so far this year.

Attacks on foreign troops are expected to rise in the next months, as Taliban militants have announced the beginning of their “spring offensive” across Afghanistan.

The militant group said it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces, specifically mentioning insider and bomb attacks.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washingtonâ„¢s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but the country is still gripped by insecurity.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV