NATO Service Member Killed in Afghanistan

Posted October 28th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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NATO said Friday a roadside blast has killed one of its service members in southern Afghanistan.

The international coalition did not give any other details.

Separately, Afghan officials said Friday Taliban insurgents have killed an Afghan interpreter in an attack on a U.S.-run base in Kandahar city.

NATO says five service members, a U.S. contractor and two Afghan security guards were wounded in the attack that began Thursday.

At least three armed militants fired shots at the base from a nearby building. The interior ministry said two of the attackers were killed by security forces.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul said the assault continued for several hours, with the attackers also firing rocket-propelled grenades at the base.

The Kandahar base is home to NATO troops and a provincial reconstruction team.

A nearby road was blocked as security forces worked to defuse explosives found in vehicles parked near the base.