A bomb blast and clashes have killed an international soldier in the NATO-led force in Afghanistan and 10 militants, including some allegedly linked to Al-Qaeda, the military said Sunday. NATO's International Security Assistance Force did not release the nationality of the trooper, who was killed when a bomb struck a patrol on Saturday. The 40-nation force did not say where the blast had occurred. The new death means 261 international troops have lost their lives this year in the effort to help the government fight an insurgency led by the Taliban, according to the icasualties.org website. Most were in attacks, although the figure includes accidents and other causes of death. The figure compares to 232 for the whole of last year. Five militants were killed in an operation Saturday aimed at Al-Qaeda in the eastern province of Paktia on the border with Pakistan, the separate US Forces Afghanistan said. The troops also detained a "significant Al-Qaeda associated militant known to finance militant operations and to assist Taliban leaders with the movement and training of Arab and foreign fighters into Afghanistan," it said. In all, eight alleged militants were arrested in the province's Zurmat areas.