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Coalition soldier among 25 killed in Afghan violence    2008-01-02 10:55:09    

A coalition soldier and his Afghan interpreter were killed in a roadside attack, while 18 militants and five security forces were killed and 30 other rebels were detained in clashes and other incidents in various parts of the country, officials said on Wednesday.
Kabul (dpa) - A coalition soldier and his Afghan interpreter were killed in a roadside attack, while 18 militants and five security forces were killed and 30 other rebels were detained in clashes and other incidents in various parts of the country, officials said on Wednesday.

Two more US-led coalition soldiers were wounded in the roadside bomb attack, known as improvised explosive device (IED) in the south- eastern province of Khost on Wednesday, US military said in a statement.

The statement did not identify the nationalities of the wounded and dead soldiers. The majority of troops serving under coalition banners are Americans.

Meanwhile, Taliban claimed to have shot down a US military helicopter in eastern province of Kunar on Wednesday, a statement in rebel website said.

However, a US military spokesman in Bagram, the main US military base in Afghanistan, rejected the Taliban's assertion, saying that a civilian chopper hauling logistic for the coalition forces had "an emergency landing due to technical problem".

He said that no one was hurt in the "hard landing" and the helicopter continued its mission after fixing the chopper.

Five Taliban rebels were killed in an explosion after the vehicle that they were fitting with a car bomb exploded on Wednesday in Panjwayi district of southern Kandahar province, Sayed Agha Saqib, the provincial police chief, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa.

In the same province, two policemen were killed and three others were wounded when their vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb blast in Spin Boldak district, near the Pakistani border, he said.

In a similar attack in the south-eastern province of Khost, two security guards working at a US military base were killed on Tuesday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb blast in Yaqoubi district, Wazir Badshah, a spokesman for the provincial police chief said.

Also in Khost province on Tuesday, two Taliban rebels, who were placing a mine on a road in Sabari district, were killed when their mine exploded prematurely, a Defence Ministry statement said, adding that in a similar incident in southern Kandahar province two other militants were killed.

"Mullah Abdul Jabar, an insurgent commander, and his associate were killed while emplacing a mine in Panjwayi district of Kandahar. The mine exploded, killing both of them," it said.

The combined Afghan and foreign forces killed eight militants in Musa Qala district of the southern province of Helmand on Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement.

The combined forces conducted an operation in Chak district of the southern province of Wardak on Tuesday, arresting 23 suspected militants and seizing two machine-guns and several mines and other explosive devices, the statement said.

On the same day Afghan army troops killed another rebel and detained three others in Sarabi district of Khost province, while four other Taliban fighters were arrested in Yaqobi district of the same province.

In a separate incident, one army soldier was killed and another wounded when their convoy was ambushed by a group of militants in the Koh Safi area of the north-eastern province of Parwan, the statement said, adding that the forces fought back, "but the exact number of enemy casualties was not immediately clear."

Taliban militants, unlike in previous years when they limited their activities during the Afghan winter, have continued their attacks despite the cold weather. More than 6,400 people were killed in 2007, the bloodiest year since the fall of Taliban regime some six years ago.

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