Video: U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan

updated 7/23/2009 3:08:42 PM ET 2009-07-23T19:08:42

A U.S. service member was killed Thursday in an insurgent attack in the country's volatile south, a U.S. military official said, raising to 35 the number of American troops to die in the Afghan war this month.

Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, a spokeswoman for the U.S. military in Kabul, said no further details could be released until the soldier's family is contacted.

July has already become the deadliest month for American and international forces since the U.S.-led invasion of 2001 toppled the Taliban from power.

Also in southern Afghanistan, Canadian forces said Thursday that its troops were involved in two shooting incidents, killing a girl and wounding three policemen.

The girl was hit by a bullet in Panjwayi district of Kandahar province late Tuesday. A Canadian patrol fired a warning shot at a motorcycle that was approaching them quickly and was not heeding their warning to stop, said Maj. Mario Couture, a spokesman for the Canadian forces.

The girl was a bystander and was probably hit by a bullet which ricocheted from the ground, Couture said. The man on the motorbike sped away.

Policemen wounded
A few hours later in Dand district, also in Kandahar, another Canadian patrol fired bullets at a car driving at night without lights in a manner that "suggested to us it was hostile," Couture said.

"We used light signals, hand signals to try to keep that truck at distance. Unfortunately we had to shoot some 10 rounds into the vehicle to stop it," he said.

Three policemen riding in the vehicle were wounded and were transported to a NATO base for treatment, he said.

Couture said they regret both incidents and authorities were investigating what happened.

Kandahar province, where the Canadian troops operate under NATO command, is one of the centers of the Taliban insurgency, which has made a comeback since the Islamist regime was ousted in a 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

The militants regularly use suicide bombers, often in vehicles, to attack Afghan and foreign troops.

Civilian deaths at the hands of foreign troops have become a major source of friction between the Afghan government and the international forces operating here. U.S. military officials say they are taking steps to reduce such casualties.

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