Clash in E. Afghanistan kills 2 U.S. troops, 5 militants

10:46, April 24, 2010      

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Afghan and international forces launched an operation in eastern Afghanistan's Logar province late on Thursday, leaving five insurgents and two United States servicemembers killed.

A press release issued Friday by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said the joint operation was launched on an insurgents-controlled compound in the Pul-e Alam district based on the intelligence tip-off.

After heavy and sustained gunfire exchange, the combined force approached the compound, said the ISAF press release, adding that during the search of the compound by the security force, automatic rifles, armor piercing rounds, and IED (improvised explosive device) materials were recovered.

A Taliban suicide attack commander was killed in the firefight, along with four other insurgents, said the press release.

Two U.S. service members subsequently died of their wounds suffered in this firefight, said the press release adding that no civilians were reported harmed in the operation.

Source: Xinhua


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