Eight US-led soldiers die in Afghanistan

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By Amarkant Mishra
Date  11 Aug 2012

Eight US-led soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan where insecurity continues to rise despite the presence of about 130,000 US-led forces.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a press release three of its soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan on Friday without revealing their nationalities.

ISAF said on Friday that a man in Afghan police uniform had opened fire on foreign troops in a NATO base, killing three of them. However, the NATO-led force said on Saturday that the shooter was an Afghan civilian employee with the military coalition.

"The shooter was not in uniform and our current reporting indicates he was a civilian employee authorized to be on the base, but there is no indication he was an Afghan service member," an ISAF spokesman said.

The British Ministry of Defense in London confirmed two British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan's restive Helmand province. The first was killed while on patrol on Thursday and the second died on Friday after he was hit while working on a construction task.

Britain has around 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, making it the second-largest contributor to ISAF after the United States.

They are based in central Helmand, battling Taliban insurgents and training local security forces. Britain intends to pull out all its combat troops by the end of 2014

Moreover, three American soldiers were killed by a man in an Afghan police uniform in yet another so-called 'green-on-blue' attack. The incident occurred in the southern province of Helmand on Friday.

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