NATO: Service member killed in eastern Afghanistan

An unidentified UN security person, front, shows the place of yesterday's attack to the UN's Special Representative

KABUL, Afghanistan—An insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan has killed a NATO service member, the coalition said in a statement on Monday, bringing to 50 the number of coalition soldiers killed this month.

The statement did not provide further details on Sunday’s death.

The Afghan insurgency has traditionally been fiercest in the country’s south and east, along the border with Pakistan. Most of the insurgency’s top commanders are believed to be hiding in the mountainous Pakistan border area. NATO and Afghan troops have been trying to wrest back control of the southern provinces from the Taliban since July, but attacks and roadside bombs are still daily occurrences.

Residents say the push has resulted in patches of security in the south, but the insurgency has stepped up attacks in other parts of the country, including the north, which has traditionally been more stable.

In northern Afghanistan Monday, a suicide attacker blew up his explosives-laden car in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province, said Mahmood Akmal, a spokesman for the provincial governor.

The attacker died, but no one else was injured in the blast, which appeared to be targeting a coalition convoy, he said.

On Saturday, four suicide attackers used a car bomb, explosives vests and guns to attack a U.N. compound in the western province of Herat. The four attackers were the only fatalities.

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