The BBC News is reporting that a NATO soldier and ten Taleban fighters have been killed in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan.

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Several killed in Afghan violence

Nato soldier in Kabul

The mission is seen as one of Nato’s most challenging

Ten Taleban fighters and a Nato soldier have been killed in separate incidents in southern Afghanistan, officials say.

The rebels were killed on Wednesday in Helmand province, police say.

The Nato soldier died in Kandahar province early on Thursday when a bomb hit his vehicle. Another Nato soldier was wounded, the alliance said.

Their nationalities have not been disclosed. UK and Canadian-led Nato forces took control of military operations in the south this week.

The two soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to a Nato base hospital in Kandahar, where one of them was declared dead, the statement said.

The Nato soldier who was killed is the fourth to die since Nato troops assumed control of the area on Monday.

Three of the soldiers killed were British.

Upsurge of violence

Earlier, Afghan forces backed with air support from Nato killed 10 Taleban fighters in Helmand’s Garmser district, police said.

The area has been the scene of heavy violence after it was briefly overrun by the Taleban last month, before being recaptured by US-led coalition forces.

Hundreds of people have been killed in attacks in southern Afghanistan since May in what is the traditional heartland of the Taleban.

This is the first land deployment outside Europe for the Nato forces led by the UK and Canada.

The 8,000 soldiers are under the umbrella of Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) in six provinces in the south: Day Kundi, Helmand, Kandahar, Nimroz, Uruzgan and Zabul.

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