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ISAF servicemember killed in eastern Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan — A servicemember with the NATO-led military coalition in Afghanistan died Wednesday from an enemy attack in the country’s east.

A release from the International Security Assistance Force did not provide the servicemember’s identity or nationality. Coalition member countries typically release the names of their forces killed in combat. The death brings the number of ISAF servicemembers killed this year to 52, according to a tally by The Associated Press.

Afghan officials reported that an ISAF servicemember was stabbed in the neck Wednesday in Kabul, although it was unclear whether the victim was the casualty referred to in the ISAF release. The attack occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Bemarou Road, according to district police chief Najeebullah Samsur. Samsur didn’t know if the victim survived. A spokesman for the Ministry of the Interior, which oversees police, said the man was on guard duty by the road when he was stabbed in the neck. Police arrested the assailant, said the spokesman, Najeeb Danish. Neither Samsur nor Danish knew the nationality of the victim.

Asked about the attack, an ISAF spokesman said only that one ISAF servicemember died Wednesday.

While casualty rates for ISAF servicemembers have fallen in recent years as Afghan security forces assume more of the fighting against insurgents, ISAF servicemembers still work closely with Afghan forces and patrol their own bases.

Roughly 44,000 international troops remain in Afghanistan — nearly 30,000 of them Americans — as the coalition prepares to end its combat mission this year. NATO plans call for a residual training-and-advising force to remain after 2014, pending agreements with the government.

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