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U-S Troops in Eastern Afghanistan Kill 4 Attackers - 2002-08-07


The U-S military says American soldiers patrolling in eastern Afghanistan shot and killed four Afghans Tuesday after coming under attack.

A spokesman (Colonel Roger King) at the U-S military headquarters at Bagram air base, north of Kabul, told reporters today (Wednesday) five people riding in a car began shooting at U-S special operations soldiers. He said the soldiers returned fire killing four of the attackers and wounding the fifth.

It was the second attack on U-S soldiers in as many days near the town of Asadabad - the capital of Kunar province.

On Monday, U-S troops on a reconnaissance patrol in the area killed two attackers who were firing at them from a hilltop.

U-S forces have been in Kunar province for more than a month to flush out remnants of al-Qaida and Taleban fighters who may be operating in the region that borders Pakistan.

Meanwhile, about 12 people were killed in a gubattle between an armed group and Afghan security forces outside Kabul this (Wednesday) morning. A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul - Major Steve Odell - told reporters the gunbattle erupted after an ovenight stand-off between armed robbers and police.

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