Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wire: 2 US Troops Killed, 3 Wounded in Eastern Afghanistan

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18, 2009 -- Newswire services this morning reported that the U.S. military said two American service members were killed and three others wounded in a bomb blast in eastern Afghanistan.

The military says the troops died Tuesday after their convoy struck a roadside bomb. No other details will be provided until families can be notified, The Associated Press said.

The latest deaths bring to 26 the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan in August.

Additionally, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy Tuesday on the outskirts of Kabul, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 50, officials said.

Hours before the suicide blast, two mortar rounds struck near the presidential palace in Kabul, the U.S. military said.

The suicide bomber used a car to strike the convoy as it traveled along a road near a British military base in the eastern edge of the city. The Interior Ministry said seven people were killed and 50 wounded, AP said.

NATO said "reports indicate" that NATO troops "were killed and wounded in the blast" but gave no details.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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