Afghan soldier killed in suicide attack

December 29, 2010 12:05

KABUL, Afghanistan  — The governor of Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province says an Afghan army soldier has been killed in a suicide bombing.

A statement released Wednesday from the governor's office said that two other soldiers and five civilians were also wounded in the attack, which occurred on Tuesday in the province's Barmal district. The statement offered no other details.Paktika, which borders with Pakistan, is among the areas where the Taliban and Al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network is active. The group is seen as a major threat to stability efforts in Afghanistan.

Separately, NATO and Afghan forces detained a Taliban leader in the southwestern province of Nimroz. NATO said Wednesday the man had knowledge of suicide bombers in the area and was involved in weapons procurement.

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