Roadside bombs kill two coalition service members in Afghanistan


KABUL (BNO NEWS) — Two coalition service members were killed in western and southern Afghanistan on Friday and Saturday as a result of two bomb blasts, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Saturday.

ISAF said one of its service members was killed on Friday evening as a result of an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan. Another service member died in western Afghanistan on Saturday morning as a result of another IED attack.

As usual, the multinational force gave no other details about the incidents, including the exact location and the nationalities of those killed. “It is ISAF policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the relevant national authorities,” a brief statement said.

Coalition casualties in Afghanistan have been rising sharply in recent years, with a total coalition death toll of 709 in 2010, making it the deadliest year for international troops since the war began in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

So far this year, at least 283 coalition service members have been killed in Afghanistan. Most troops are killed in the country’s south, which is plagued by IED attacks on troops and civilians. Most of the casualties are American.

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