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Afghanistan: U.S. Soldier Killed, Two Wounded In Gun Battle

Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan; 30 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- A U.S. soldier and two Afghan militants were killed during a gun battle in southeastern Afghanistan yesterday. Miliary spokesman Colonel Rodney Davis said today at Bagram Air Base that the fighting took place yesterday near Shkin. He said two other U.S. soldiers were wounded.

Shkin base, in Paktika Province, 280 kilometers south of Kabul, is regularly targeted by suspected fighters of the ousted Taliban regime.

Afghan officials say resurgent Taliban forces have controlled the nearby border district of Barmal since seizing it last month in a bloody assault.

Neo-Taliban fighters, whom Afghan troops say are armed with new technology including night-vision gear and satellite telephones, have been blamed for spiraling attacks on U.S. and Afghan troops, aid workers, and Afghan officials.