Two service-members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan have been killed in a roadside IED (improvised explosive device) attack in the country's east, an ISAF statement said late on Wednesday.
It, however, did not disclose the identity or nationality of the deceased, leaving identification procedures to the respective countries.
In another statement, the ISAF said two NATO soldiers were injured in a helicopter crash in western Afghanistan, the cause of which was under investigation.
Taliban is increasingly resorting to roadside bombings against NATO forces in the war-torn country using IEDs as they avoid direct confrontation while raising casualties.
It is now estimated that more than 230 ISAF soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of this year, mostly in IED attacks. Most of the ISAF casualties have been in Southern Afghanistan, where the foreign coalition is attempting to retain control over the territories captured from Taliban militants over the past two years.
At present, there are over 130,000 foreign troops from more than 42 countries under the joint command of the NATO and the United States in Afghanistan to contain a resurgent Taliban in the land-locked country.
The U.S. and other allied nations involved in the Afghan mission are currently making serious efforts to get the Afghan security forces ready and capable of handling the country's security before the planned withdrawal of coalition troops by the end of 2014.
by RTT Staff Writer
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