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Two NATO Troops, 34 Militants Killed In Afghanistan


U.S. soldiers on patrol in Laghman Province

U.S. soldiers on patrol in Laghman Province

The NATO-led force in Afghanistan says two of its soldiers were killed by an improvised explosive device and 34 insurgents died in a separate clash with coalition troops in eastern Afghanistan.

NATO said in a statement that the two service members were killed by a bomb blast in the east, but did not provide further details.

NATO withholds the nationalities of casualties until after their next of kin are informed, but most of the soldiers stationed in the eastern region are from the United States.

Separately, 34 insurgents were killed during an operation today involving a combined contingent of some 250 Afghan and international security forces in the Alishing district of Laghman Province, southeast of Kabul.

NATO also said it captured an insurgent commander linked to attacks on Afghan officials and violence during last weekend's parliamentary elections, and killed another.

compiled from agency reports
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