US-led soldier killed in east Afghanistan

An International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldier in Afghanistan (file photo)

A foreign soldier serving with the US-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been killed in a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, Press TV reports.

Å“An International Security Assistance Force service member died following an improvised explosive device attack in eastern Afghanistan today,” ISAF said in a statement on Sunday.

The Western military contingent, however, did not provide any information about the identity of the soldier and the exact location of the bombing.

According to official figures released by the website, 24 US-led troops have lost their lives in war-battered Afghanistan in June. Most of the Foreign Service members have died as a result of militant attacks and roadside bombs.

The website added that the overall number of ISAF soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan stands at 92, out of which 69 are American.

A total of 402 US-led soldiers lost their lives in Afghanistan in 2012. However, 2010 remains the deadliest year for US-led military casualties, with a death toll of 711.

Attacks on foreign troops are expected to rise as Taliban militants have announced the beginning of their spring offensive across Afghanistan.

In late April, the Taliban announced the start of their annual “spring offensive” against US-led and Afghan forces, vowing it would use “every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and US-led forces. They specifically mentioned insider attacks and bomb attacks.

The announcement has prompted the Afghan authorities to beef up security in major cities across the country, including the capital city of Kabul.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan 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.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV