In a separate incident, U.S. and Afghan troops killed one suspected bomb maker in a village in the eastern province of Khost.
The troops were raiding a compound linked to homemade-bomb makers in the village of Bodakhel.
In the city of Khost, a suicide bomber blew himself up today near an Afghan Army convoy, killing one soldier.
LARGER THAN LIFE Ahmad Shah Mas'ud gained international notoriety during the Taliban rule (1994-2001) as the leader of the only military group that the hard-line regime failed to crush. The public stature of the United Front (aka Northern Alliance) commander arguably reached its zenith after he was assassinated by Al-Qaeda killers posing as journalists on September 9, 2001. (more)