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Suicide Bomber Attacks Coalition Patrol, Two Taliban Killed in Airstrike

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2007 – A suicide bomber attacked a coalition patrol southeast of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, today, and two Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike, military officials reported.

One coalition soldier sustained minor injuries and returned to duty, and one coalition vehicle was damaged.

“The enemies of Afghanistan continue to fight against the peace and security that the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan works to maintain,” said Army Maj. Eric Zenk, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division spokesman.

Elsewhere, defense officials reported five Afghan Security Guards were wounded and another two were killed during a four-hour firefight with Taliban fighters near the Pakistan border in Paktika Province today.

Meanwhile, a coalition checkpoint in the village of Kakaheyl, Bermel District, received rocket propelled grenade and mortar fire from five Taliban fighters. Military officials reported coalition and Afghan Security Guard forces returned mortar fire and coordinated a coalition air strike on the enemy position.

Coalition aircraft dropped two precision-guided munitions on the enemy position, killing two Taliban fighters and wounding three.

The wounded Afghan Security Guards were evacuated to a nearby treatment facility and are listed in stable condition, according to military officials.

“Afghan Security Guards provide a vital service for all Afghan civilians,” said Army Maj. Chris Belcher, a Combined Joint Task Force-82 spokesman. “They strive to bring safety and security to their area by protecting the populace from terrorist acts committed by Taliban fighters.”

Military officials reported there were no injuries to Afghan civilians.

(Compiled from Combined Joint Task Force-82 news releases.)

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