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NATO soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

A NATO soldier was killed Saturday in southern Afghanistan during a battle with Taliban militants, the organization said.

A NATO soldier was killed Saturday in southern Afghanistan during a battle with Taliban militants,the military alliancesaid.

The soldier's name and nationality have not been released. NATO officials did not disclose the location of the battle.

Violent clashes have escalated over the past couple of days in Afghanistan.

Also on Saturday, nine Afghan police and 10 Taliban militants were killed in two separate incidents in southern Afghanistan, while a two-hour gun battle left several Taliban and al-Qaeda militants dead.

Elsewhere, a Taliban ambush against Afghan police in Kandahar's Shah Wali Kot district left five police dead and four wounded, said Esmatullah Alizai, the provincial police chief.

In Kandahar City, gunmen assassinated the chief administrator of the provincial police late Saturday, Alizai said.

With files from the Associated Press