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Two US troops among 50 killed in Afghan violence

Last Updated: Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 22:13

Kabul: Nearly 50 Afghan civilians, security forces and militants were killed in a spate of attacks around the war-torn country, including an overnight military raid targeting insurgents in the increasingly violent north, officials said on Saturday.
A roadside bomb killed two US troops in the east.

Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked an office of intelligence officers in the southern city of Kandahar, killing one agent. In Kabul province, gunfire broke out after an apparent spat between a US service member and an Afghan police officer, seriously wounding both.

A roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed two US service members, said Capt Elizabeth Mathias, as US military spokeswoman. No other details were released.

Taliban attacks have risen steadily the last three years as have deaths of Afghan civilians caught in the grinding war between the Taliban and US and NATO forces.

Taliban violence - which had been largely confined to the country`s south and east in the years after the 2001 US invasion - has spread to the country`s northern provinces this

Coalition and Afghan forces today killed 11 militants during an overnight raid in northern Kunduz province, said Abdul Razaq Yaqoubi, the provincial police chief.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 22:13

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