US service member and Afghan child killed in attacks

August 9, 2010 09:45


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KABUL, Afghanistan — A US service member was killed in a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan on Monday, while an Afghan child was shot dead during a gunbattle between NATO forces and insurgents, the alliance said.

NATO did not provide further details on the death of the American.

Sunday's fighting in eastern Kunar province started when militants attacked a small US base in Watahpur district, according to Maj. Michael Johnson, a spokesman for the international military coalition.

Insurgents fired on the outpost and soldiers saw the rounds hit two children nearby, killing one and wounding the other, Johnson said.

Violence has risen in recent months along with a surge of U.S. troops into Afghanistan. In July, a record 66 American service members were killed, compared with 44 in July last year. A record total of 103 international forces died in June, more than triple the figure for the same month in 2009.

Civilian deaths have also risen. The Afghan human rights commission released a report Sunday saying noncombatant casualties were up 6 percent to 1,325 for the first seven months of 2010 compared with the same period last year.

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