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U.S. Soldier, Afghan Civilians Hurt in Southeast

A U.S. soldier was slightly wounded by a bomb while on patrol in southeastern Afghanistan, while at least three Afghan civilians were hurt when a U.S. military helicopter fired on their car, officials said. The improvised bomb exploded near the U.S. base at Shkin in Paktika province close to the border with Pakistan on Wednesday evening, Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Lefforge told a news briefing at the U.S. headquarters at Bagram to the north of Kabul. Also in Paktika on Wednesday, at least three Afghan civilians were wounded when a U.S. military helicopter fired on their car near Urgun district, police chief Dawlat Khan told Reuters. Khan said a woman was among the wounded treated in a local hospital, but he added that family members did not know the whereabouts of four other occupants of the car. “We do not know if they were killed in the attack or escaped for the fear of more rockets being fired at them,” he said. Full Story

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