The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan said on Wednesday that three of its service- members were killed in an insurgent attack in the east of the war-torn country.
The ISAF, however, did not disclose the identity or nationality of the deceased in accordance with its policy of not disclosing details until the home country of the victims does so.
Nevertheless, most ISAF troops stationed in eastern Afghanistan are Americans. Although the ISAF did not provide further details about the attack, media reports citing witnesses said it happened in the eastern Afghan province of Kunar.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, which witnesses reportedly said targeted U.S. soldiers near the headquarters of the provincial government. However, relevant authorities are yet to confirm those claims.
A day earlier, a U.S. soldier was shot dead by gunmen wearing military uniforms in eastern Afghanistan. It was the latest in a series of such incidents of civilians or militants, disguised as Afghan security personnel, as well as Afghan soldiers themselves targeting ISAF personnel.
At least 27 ISAF personnel have so far been killed in some 20 such incidents, labeled by the media as "green-on-blue" attack. With the fatalities in Wednesday's attack, it is estimated that about 279 ISAF soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the beginning of the current year.
by RTT Staff Writer
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