NATO service member killed in south Afghanistan

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 2, 2011 08:30

KABUL, Afghanistan — NATO says one of its service members has been killed in southern Afghanistan in an insurgent attack.

The statement released Saturday by the international coalition did not provide additional details on the second death of a NATO service member in Afghanistan this year.

Southern Afghanistan is the site of some of the fiercest fighting between NATO and the Taliban. In 2010, NATO deaths in Afghanistan hit a record high of 702.

Separately, Zelmai Ayubi, the spokesman for the governor of the southern Kandahar province, said that two insurgents were killed in a NATO airstrike in the province's Zhari district late Saturday night.

Insurgents in the area recently lobbed two hand grenades into homes, killing a child and wounding six civilians.


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