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American Soldier Wounded in Firefight near Pakistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2002 - An American soldier in Afghanistan was wounded by hostile fire Dec. 29.

The soldier was grazed by an AK-47 round during an exchange of gunfire near the border with Pakistan.

U.S. officials evacuated the soldier to the medical facility at Bagram Air Base. He was treated and transferred to the U.S. medical center at Landstuhl, Germany.

Another U.S. soldier was taken to Landstuhl on Dec. 28. That soldier was wounded in an apparent accidental shooting at Kandahar airfield on Saturday. His condition is listed as "very serious," said U.S. Central Command officials.

Neither soldier has been identified, and officials are investigating both incidents.

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