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Two US troops wounded in Afghanistan after vehicle hits mine

Military spokesman says work members were patrolling near airfield when vehicle struck improvised explosive device

Two US service members were wounded in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday when their vehicle struck a roadside mine, the military forces said.

They were conducting a normal protection patrol near the airport in the suburbs of Jalalabad city, capital of Nangarhar province, when their vehicle reached the improvised explosive device, said the US militarys spokesman in Afghanistan, BrigGen Charles Cleveland.

The people were to withdraw the scene of the incident to Jalalabad Airfield for treatment, he said in a statement. The incident arose early on Saturday morning, he said.

According to procedure, the troops were not identified.

The incident follows the death earlier the coming week of a US service member, also in Nangarhar, where American military was participating in counter-terrorism operations against Islamic State and the Taliban.

So far seven US service members have died in Afghanistan this year, according to an Associated Press tally.

In violence elsewhere in the country, three Afghan police officer were killed in an insurgent attack on Friday in south Kandahar province, public officials said here on Saturday.

Samim Khpolwak, spokesman for the provincial governor in Kandahar, said insurgents attacked the police in the Maiwand district. He also said four other police officer were wounded in the attack.

Other agents say about 20 policemen were killed. They spoke on condition of obscurity because they were not authorized to brief the media. This flesh could not be independently confirmed, but agents are often apprehensive of revealing the maximum extent of the casualties suffered by Afghan private security force in the struggle with the Taliban, which is now entering its 16 th year.

Also in Kandahar, Khpolwak said three children were killed and another four wounded in the Shah Wali Kot district after a bombard they found exploded.

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