NATO soldier, Afghan policeman killed in blasts

A NATO soldier and an Afghan policeman were killed in two separate blasts in Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said.

The soldier died following a bomb attack in southern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said, giving no further details.

The Afghan police officer was killed in Balkh province in northern Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device struck a police vehicle.

"One police has been killed and three others were injured," a local police spokesman said.

In the capital Kabul, an explosion took place in a traffic police vehicle in a congested area of the city centre, but there were no casualties.

"We're investigating this. It was either a small magnetic bomb in the vehicle or a technical problem that caused the sound," said Mohammad Zahir, the city's criminal investigation police chief.

The last major incident in the Afghan capital saw eight people killed in a suicide attack on a supermarket.

There are around 140,000 US-led international troops in Afghanistan fighting a Taliban-led insurgency alongside the Afghan police and army.

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