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Ambush Kills Afghan Commander, Soldiers

30 April 2004 -- An Afghan official said today that a military commander and five of his bodyguards were killed as they traveled to southern Afghanistan.

Provincial military official Khan Mohammad told AFP news agency that commander Abdul Razaq was ambushed and killed late yesterday in the southern Kandahar Province.

Mohammad claimed that the killing was "the work of Taliban and Al Qaeda."

Separately, a U.S. military spokeswoman, Colonel Michele DeWerth, said a U.S.-led coalition convoy came under attack by two militants today near Khost, in the province of the same name. She said one U.S. soldier received superficial wounds and one militant was shot dead, while the other escaped.