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Five attackers killed in Afghan gunfight

A U.S. special forces convoy was ambushed in eastern Afghanistan, and five of the assailants were killed in a subsequent gunfight and coalition air assault, an army spokesman said Thursday. No coalition forces were injured. About 20 attackers fired on the convoy with small arms and machine guns Wednesday from ridges overlooking a road between the towns of Gardez and Khost, Col. Roger King said. Two attackers were captured and taken into custody for questioning, he said. At least five others were confirmed killed, he said, and the fate of the others was not immediately clear. The U.S. special forces, accompanied by a few Afghan militiamen, called in F-16 fighters and A-10 aircraft as support in a chase and firefight that lasted several hours, King said. He said the planes dropped two 500-pound bombs on suspected enemy positions. The special forces “were chasing these people as they tried to withdraw over an extended distance of rough terrain,” King said. “It went on for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.” Full Story

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