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At least 9 foreign troops killed in Afghanistan in 48 hours

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  • Monday attack took place in central Lashkar Gah in Helmand province
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- At least nine foreign soldiers were killed in Afghanistan over the weekend -- eight in combat and one in a traffic accident, a spokesman for the NATO mission in the country told CNN Monday.

Four Americans, three Britons and a French soldier were killed in combat, spokesman Chris Hall said by phone from Kabul. The nationality of the soldier killed in the car crash was not released.

Hall, a spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)mission in Afghanistan, declined to comment on whether that was an unusually high number of casualties for a 48-hour period.

Only one of the dead has been identified.

British Lance Cpl. Christopher Harkett, 22, of Pontardawe, Swansea, was killed in an explosion in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, the British Ministry of Defense announced Sunday. Video Watch how truck drivers risk their lives supplying troops »

Two other British troops were killed in Helmand in an explosion on Sunday, the ministry said.

The four Americans were killed in an explosion in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday. Two died on the scene and two died later of their wounds, ISAF said.

The French soldier died in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, ISAF announced.


In addition, at least 16 Afghans were killed in two suicide bombings, 14 in an attack on police in southern Afghanistan and two in an attack in Kabul.

ISAF was formed under a U.N. mandate to bolster a secure environment and support the reconstruction of Afghanistan, according to the organization. NATO took command in 2003. The force comprises about 50,000 troops from 41 countries, according to the organization.

CNN's Paula Newton contributed to this report.

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