Afghanistan blast pushes Nato toll to eight

Another Nato service member has died in Afghanistan, bringing the total killed in the past two days of fighting to eight, officials said today.

The US-led coalition is still mourning the deaths of 30 American troops and eight Afghans killed in the shooting down of their Chinook helicopter.

The latest death came today in a roadside bombing in southern Afghanistan.

On Thursday, five US troops died in a separate roadside bomb blast in the south.

Also on Thursday, a French soldier was killed when a roadside bomb exploded on a convoy in Kapisa province in the east. Four other French soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Another Nato service member died on the same day in an insurgent attack in the south. The soldier's nationality was not disclosed.

So far this year, 377 American and other Nato service members have died in the war in Afghanistan.