NATO: bomb kills US service member in Afghanistan

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KABUL (AP) — NATO says a U.S. service member has been killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan.

A statement from the alliance-led International Security Assistance Force says the victim died Thursday. It did not give the branch of service or other details.

Use of improvised explosive devices by Afghanistan’s insurgents has risen sharply and take a heavy toll on international forces. About 40 percent of all U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan in 2009 were caused by such bombs.

A suicide bomber killed seven people at a busy bazaar in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, and a bomb hidden in a garbage container outside a provincial governor’s compound slightly wounded the official. The attacks were in Paktia and Khost provinces, both of which border Pakistan.