US soldier killed in Afghanistan blast

A US trooper and an Afghanistan National Army soldier patrol in Kalinoum village, west of Garmsir, Helmand Province. (File photo)

An US-led soldier has been killed and another wounded in a bomb blast in Afghanistan’s southwestern Nimruz Province, Press TV reports.

The blast took place after a foreign forces military vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Khashrood District on Monday at 3 p.m. local time, said Khashrood Governor Mohammad Hashem Nourzi.

The US-led military coalition in Afghanistan has offered no comment so far.

The incident comes on top of another bomb explosion in Afghanistanâ„¢s eastern province of Paktia on Monday in which 15 people including 10 school children were killed and more than two dozen others were injured

The blast targeted a convoy of foreign soldiers and Afghan police officers near a market in Samkani District.

Earlier on Monday, in Hakim Abad District of Afghanistanâ„¢s eastern province of Laghman, seven people were killed in a roadside bomb explosion.

The victims, all members of a family, included four women, two children and a man.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the Monday bombings, but the Taliban militants are usually blamed for such deadly incidents in Afghanistan.

According to the website icasualties.org, a total of 71 US-led foreign troops have been killed in Afghanistan so far this year.

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 insecurity remains across the country.

In late April, the Taliban said it would use Å“every possible tactic” to inflict casualties on Afghan and foreign forces.

According to a UN report released in February, more than 2,750 people were killed and over 4,800 were injured in conflict-related violence in Afghanistan in 2012.

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This article originally appeared on: Press TV