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Roadside bomb kills U.S. soldier in Afghanistan

An American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Friday.
/ Source: Reuters

An American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, where militants have increased their attacks ahead of next month’s parliamentary polls, the U.S. military said on Friday.

One other member of the military and an Afghan national army soldier were wounded after the bomb hit their vehicle on Thursday in southeastern Paktika.

At least 37 U.S. soldiers have died in Afghanistan this year -- the bloodiest period for the U.S. military since it helped overthrow the Taliban in 2001.

Hundreds of other people, mostly militants have also died in the Taliban-inspired insurgency that has gripped parts of southern and eastern Afghanistan too.