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Convoys Ambushed In Southern Afghanistan

Helmand Province, along the Pakistani border, is a hotspot of antigovernment insurgency (AFP) May 20, 2006 -- Suspected Taliban fighters have ambushed two army convoys in southern Afghanistan, sparking gun battles.

A senior military commander, General Rehmatullah Raufi, said the first clash occurred late on May 19 in the southern Helmand Province, when six militants, one soldier, and a civilian were killed.

Fighting continued today, causing an unknown number of further casualties.

The second ambush occurred in Zabul Province today, where four Taliban were killed as the troops returned fire.

Fighting also erupted between insurgents and U.S. forces in Oruzgan Province on May 19, when a U.S. soldier was killed and six others wounded.

Meanwhile, an Afghan militia commander in the western city of Herat, Amanullah Khan, was wounded in a grenade attack on his convoy.

(Reuters, AP)