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Roadside bomb in Afghanistan kills 2

Fatally wounded was a US coalition member
May 18, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
A roadside bomb hit a U.S. military vehicle Sunday in southern Afghanistan, killing one coalition service member and an Afghan civilian. A statement from the U.S.-led coalition said another service member was seriously injured in the attack in southern Zabul province. It did not give any further details about the casualties, or say if the civilian killed was a bystander or working with the coalition.

In eastern Nangarhar province, suspected Taliban militants shot and killed two police officers Sunday in Khogyani district, said Mohammad Hashim Ghamsharik, spokesman for the provincial governor.

He said the two men had just been dispatched to Nangarhar on Saturday as reinforcements from Kabul. They walked outside their police post and were attacked from insurgents in a nearby village, Ghamsharik said.

More than 1,200 people - mostly militants - have died in insurgency-related violence so far this year, according to a tally compiled by The Associated Press.

In western Herat province, meanwhile, Afghan security forces launched a search-and-rescue operation Sunday in Adraskan district, freeing an Indian and a Nepalese road construction worker who were kidnapped on April 21, said provincial police Chief Juma Adil.

He said the chief hostage-taker was arrested.

There have been several attacks on Indian road construction crews in the country.

 

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