Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wire: 2 US Troops Killed in Afghanistan

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2009 -- Newswire services this evening reported that two U.S. soldiers in the NATO-led force in Afghanistan were killed Wednesday in separate incidents. NATO said one soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device in the south, while the other died from hostile fire in the east.

In other violence Wednesday, Afghan officials say Taliban militants stormed a hospital in eastern Paktika province Wednesday, sparking a gun battle with coalition forces in which at least 14 attackers were killed and six others captured, VOA News reported.

In the northern province of Kunduz, a bomb killed the head of the provincial justice department.

This year has been the deadliest for coalition forces since the U.S.-led invasion almost eight years ago.

Meanwhile, rescuers continued to sift through the rubble of Tuesday's truck bombing in southern Kandahar city.

Afghan officials say the blast killed 43 people, wounded at least 65, and destroyed a hotel and several houses.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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