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Afghan militants booby-trapping corpses: NATO

Insurgents in Afghanistan are having such difficulty in combat they are turning to tactics such as booby-trapping corpses with bombs, NATO says.

Insurgents in Afghanistan are having such difficultyin combat they areturning to tactics such as booby-trapping corpses with bombs, NATO says.

There have been two such incidents near KandaharCity since Dec. 21,NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a news release Monday.

"For insurgents to use such tactics goes far beyond the pale of human decency, desecrating human remains in such a way,"said ISAF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Carlos Branco.

Two Afghans died and two were wounded on Fridayby an improvised explosive device planted on thebody of a decapitated Afghan found in a cemetery.

On Sunday, a secondbody was found approximately 18 kilometres from the first. The IED exploded, but no one was hurt.

In a separate incident, intelligence officials found an Afghan woman carrying explosives under her burquaon Monday.

It's not clear if she was planning a suicide attack, but if so, she would have been the first known female suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Both the booby-trapped corpses and the possible female bomber are being taken to reinforce the idea thatthe insurgents have been forced toadopt passive tactics because they can'tfight NATO soldiers head-to-head.

On Sunday, a Canadian Forces spokesman said the militant's use of roadside bombs showedCanada's success in closing downTaliban operations.

"They have to resort to these harassment tactics," Lt.-Cmdr. Pierre Babinsky said.

ISAF co-ordinatesalmost 42,000 soldiers from NATO countries — including more than 2,000 from Canada — who are helping the Afghan government in its battle with the militants.