Bomb kills 2 in Afghanistan


KABUL, Afghanistan -- Two foreign soldiers in the U.S.-led coalition were killed and three others wounded in two attacks yesterday as insurgents continued an offensive that has sparked heavy fighting in Afghanistan.

The coalition soldiers died when their armored vehicle struck a roadside bomb in eastern Nangarhar province. They were part of a patrol carrying out combat security operations in the Khogyani district, the military said. A third soldier and an Afghan interpreter were wounded. None of the victims was identified.

U.S. and German troops are the only foreign forces in the coalition known to be operating in Nangarhar, said Ghafour Khan, a spokesman for the provincial police chief.

Also yesterday, a suicide attacker detonated a Toyota packed with explosives next to a U.S. military convoy about five miles outside the eastern city of Khowst, police chief Muhammad Ayub said by phone. Three American soldiers were wounded. Two were hospitalized, and the third suffered minor injuries, the military said.

The car bomb exploded about 9 a.m. as the car was heading in the opposite direction of the U.S. convoy, near Afghanistan's border with Pakistan.

"We believe that this suicide attacker has come from Pakistan through a smuggling route," Ayub said.

Pakistan insists that it is doing its best to prevent insurgents from using its territory to launch attacks in Afghanistan. But U.S. intelligence reports and Afghan officials say Taliban leaders and bases continue to operate in Pakistan.

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