Two GIs killed in Afghanistan

August 08, 2004|By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two U.S. soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were killed yesterday when the vehicle in which they were traveling hit an "improvised explosive device" in southern Afghanistan, a statement issued by the U.S. military said, according to Reuters.

A third soldier was wounded in the blast in Ghazni province, around 160 miles southwest of Kabul, the statement said.

Six U.S. soldiers were wounded Friday in two attacks by suspected Taliban insurgents in Zabul province, in the south, the U.S. military announced yesterday.

And in Uruzgan province, a four-vehicle convoy of election workers on a mission to register voters was ambushed by suspected Taliban fighters on Friday, and two workers were killed, Afghan officials told the Associated Press.

The provincial governor, Jan Muhammad Khan, said all four of the vehicles were destroyed when at least 30 militants opened fire with assault rifles and machine guns. Guards in the convoy shot back, forcing the attackers to retreat, and one guerrilla was captured, Khan said.

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