| Updated at: 0930 PST, Saturday, September 18, 2010|
KABUL: A Taliban-style bomb attack on NATO troops in southern Afghanistan left one soldier dead, the alliance said Saturday, as polls opened for the country's parliamentary election.
Friday's death brings to 510 the number of foreign troops to have died in the Afghan war since the insurgents were overthrown in a US-led invasion in 2001, according to a foreign media count based on the icasualties.org tally.
The toll is rapidly closing in on the record annual figure of 521 in 2009.
NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement the soldier -- whose nationality was not revealed -- "died following an improvised explosive device attack in southern Afghanistan (Friday)".
The bombs are the Taliban's main weapon against the 144,000 NATO and US troops in the country, fighting to quell the insurgency.