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Afghan attack kills 34 insurgents

KABUL — U.S.-led coalition troops attacked a suspected training camp for foreign fighters in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, and an Afghan official said 34 militants were killed, including 22 Arabs and Pakistanis. Among the dead were six who blew up their suicide vests during the battle, the U.S. coalition said.

One coalition member was wounded in the assault on the heavily guarded compound in Paktika province, which lies on Afghanistan's porous border with Pakistan, the U.S. military said in a statement.

Afghan authorities recovered 34 bodies, including 22 Arabs and Pakistanis, said Hamidullah Zuhak, a spokesman for Paktika's governor. They found personal documents on the bodies of those killed, he said.

A NATO soldier was killed in a roadside bomb blast in southern Afghanistan, the military alliance said in a statement. Separately, arsonists burned down a boys' school overnight in neighboring Kandahar province. No one was injured in the fire, but all the classrooms were destroyed along with schoolbooks and copies of the Koran.

Afghan attack kills 34 insurgents 05/28/09 [Last modified: Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:57pm]
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