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1 NATO soldier, 5 Afghan police officers killed

A NATO soldier was killed in eastern Afghanistan and five Afghan police officers were killed in the country's south in separate incidents Thursday.

A NATO soldier was killedin eastern Afghanistan and five Afghan police officers were killed in the country's south in separate incidents Thursday.

The soldier's nationality hasn't been identified, but most troops in the area are American. Two other soldiers were injured in the attack.

Earlier in the day, five Afghan police officers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a police checkpoint near the Pakistani border.

The attacker detonated his explosives in a room where the police officers were eating lunch at a checkpoint near the town of Spin Boldak.

Several more officers were injured.

The bomber was dressed in a police uniform and sat with other officers before detonating, said Reuters.

Violence in the border town has been blamed on the Taliban, who, as late as last year, were believed to be hiding al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in the area.

Last March, Afghan troops killed 15 suspected Taliban fighters in a battle near Spin Boldak. In January of last year, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed 20 people and injured 20 more in Spin Boldak. The driver plowed into a crowd watching a wrestling match.

With files from the Associated Press