4 Afghan soldiers killed in bomb attacks

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Four Afghan army soldiers were killed and six others wounded in separate bomb attacks since late Sunday, said the country's defense ministry on Monday.

"Two soldiers were martyred and one wounded in an improvised explosive device (IED) or roadside bomb attack in Nadir Shah Kot district of eastern Khost province," the ministry said in a statement.

One army soldier was killed and five injured in similar blast in Chak district of eastern Wardak province and one army personnel was killed in an IED attack in eastern Kapisa province, the statement said.

The Taliban insurgent group has launched massive IED attacks against security forces in recent years.

The army specialists found and defused 48 rounds of IED and landmine over the same period of time across the country, the statement noted.

Afghan army took the full operational lead from U.S. and NATO troops in June. The war-torn country is due to take over the leadership of its own security duties from foreign troops by the end of 2014.

In a separate development, the army executive officer of the northern Kunduz province, General Mohammad Faruq, was injured in a Taliban armed attack overnight, the provincial police spokesman Seyyed Sarwar Housini told Xinhua.

In an unrelated incident, two persons were killed and one injured in a clash between two tribes over a land dispute in northern Baghlan province earlier on Monday, the provincial police chief Aminullah Amarkhil told Xinhua, adding an investigation was launched into the incident.

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