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Roadside bombing kills 5 Afghan soldiers in East
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20:01, September 03, 2009

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Five Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers were killed on Thursday as their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Paktia province of eastern Afghanistan, an ANA spokesman in the province said.

"The incident occurred at around 9 a.m. local time in Barmali district when ANA unit was on routine patrol by their vehicle," Sahatgul Hotak told Xinhua.

Hotak added that another soldier got wounded in the incident.

In another two incidents in neighboring Khost province, two Taliban fighters were killed and three more were injured.

The spokesman for Khost provincial administration, Kochai Nasiri, told Xinhua that two militants were killed and one of them got wounded by police as the militants attack a police checkpoint in Sabari district on Thursday.

Two more militants were injured as the mine planted by them exploded prematurely in the same district, Nasiri added.

Eastern Afghanistan has seen escalating violence and attacks against interest of government and international troops.

Taliban militants fighting Afghan and international troops have vowed to intensify their assaults, mostly in the shapes of roadside and suicide bombings, this year in the militancy-hit country.

Source: Xinhua

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