KABUL (AFP) NATO on Sunday announced the death of three foreign soldiers, one of them American, in Afghanistans insurgent heartland as the Taliban were blamed for attacks that wounded civilians across the country. Two soldiers whose nationalities were not given, died Sunday in separate insurgent attacks, NATOs International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement. Another, confirmed as an American, died Saturday following a Taliban-style bomb attack, ISAF said. The deaths brings to 498 the total number of foreign troops to die in the Afghan war so far this year, according to an AFP tally based on one kept by the icasualties.org website. The total in 2009 was 521. The war is nearing the end of its ninth year, with international troops at almost full strength of 150,000, from the United States and NATO. Kandahar city was struck around midday Sunday by a Taliban-style attack apparently targeting a police vehicle, Kandahar provincial police chief General Sardar Mohammad Zazai said. An IED explosion targeting a police vehicle inside Kandahar city at around 12:30 today injured four policemen, he said. In another attack in the Dand district of Kandahar, another police officer was killed while visiting his family, the provincial authorities said, blaming insurgents. In central Ghazni province, 45 people were injured when a bomb exploded in a market on Saturday night. Officials in Ghazni city, the capital of Ghazni province, said people were praying in a nearby mosque when the powerful explosion took place. Provincial police chief Delawar Zahid said the market was destroyed, and the mosque and a nearby hotel were badly damaged.