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NATO says 3 troops killed in eastern Afghanistan

A file photo shows a US Marine of

A file photo shows a US Marine of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, holding a dog tag of a fallen comrade as he gives his final respects during a memorial ceremony for four fallen comrades, at their base in Marjah, Helmand province, southern Afghanistan. (March 26, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

KABUL, Afghanistan - A roadside bombing killed three NATO service members Saturday in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S.-led coalition said.

The coalition recently shifted its focus from southern Afghanistan to the east, where militants are fighting Afghan and coalition troops along the long, porous border with Pakistan.

The exact location of the bombing was not disclosed, nor were the nationalities of the dead.

So far this year, 519 NATO service members have been killed in Afghanistan, including at least 389 Americans.

Separately, tribal elders in Logar province, also in the east, continued to negotiate with insurgents on Saturday in an effort to free eight Pakistani laborers kidnapped by militants on Thursday, said provincial spokesman Din Mohammad Darwesh.

He said they were kidnapped by a gunman on a motorcycle who ambushed a bus carrying the laborers to work at a hospital construction site in Pul-e-Alam, the provincial capital. The assailants took them into the woods at gunpoint.

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