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Last Updated: Monday, 9 July 2007, 09:02 GMT 10:02 UK
'Rebel attack' kills Afghan boy
Nato soldier in Afghanistan (file photo)
Civilian casualties have risen as fighting has intensified
A militant mortar attack on a village in Afghanistan has killed one boy and injured eight other people, including five soldiers, Nato has said.

The boy, aged 10, died when foreign troops came under attack in Kunar province, Nato said in a statement.

Commanders have not yet released the nationalities of the foreign soldiers injured in the attack.

Violence in Afghanistan has soared in recent months, with the fighting causing many civilian deaths.

Injured

The Kunar mortar attack happened on Sunday morning when the militants fired mortars at a village in Nari district, the Nato statement said.

Three Afghan civilians were said to be among those injured.

In Paktiya province, Afghan security forces killed a Taleban leader known as Commander Saleem, the US-led coalition said.

It blamed him for multiple attacks on government and international forces which had "resulted in numerous deaths".

Civilian casualties have risen in Afghanistan with the intensification of fighting between the insurgents and security forces.

Correspondents say that the south of the country has this year seen more violence that at any time since the Taleban were ousted from power in 2001 by US-led troops.


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