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Five Afghans are killed in insurgent attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan — A string of insurgent attacks across Afghanistan killed five people Saturday.

In the eastern province of Nangahar, a bomb in a rickshaw killed an Afghan intelligence agent and wounded four people, said provincial spokesman Ahmad Zia Abdulzai.

In Ghazni province, a roadside bomb killed two Afghan civilians and wounded two more, said Mohammed Hussian, deputy provincial police chief.

In the western province of Herat, another rickshaw bomb killed two Afghan soldiers and wounded three, said Afghan National Army spokesman Najibullah Majibi.

Also Saturday, the Afghan Interior Ministry released new details of the attack a day earlier on the British Council building in Kabul that killed eight people.

A statement from the ministry said two vehicle bombs, one an explosives-packed sedan and the other a pickup truck, initiated the attack and blew a hole in the compound wall.

That opened the way for at least four insurgents with explosive-filled vests, rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles to launch their attack, the ministry's statement said.

Two of the bombers were killed by police; the other two detonated their explosives.

The ministry said eight people were killed in the attack: four police officers, two Afghan security guards, and two foreign security guards.

The ministry said 22 people were wounded, including a Nepalese citizen.

Bus crash kills 35

A passenger bus careened off a road in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 35 people, officials said.

The packed bus was traveling through Kandahar province on its way to Kabul before losing control and crashing, said provincial spokesman Zalmai Ayubi. He said 27 people were injured in the crash.

Such accidents are common in Afghanistan, where roads and vehicles are often poorly maintained.


As of Saturday, 1,633 U.S. troops have died in the war in Afghanistan. Identifications as reported by the U.S. military and not previously published:

Army 2nd Lt. Joe L. Cunningham, 27, Kingston, Okla.; noncombat incident Aug. 13; Laghman province.

Army Sgt. Edward J. Frank II, 26, Yonkers, N.Y.; explosion Aug. 11; Kandahar province.

Army Spc. Jameel T. Freeman, 26, Baltimore; explosion Aug. 11; Kandahar province.

Navy Corpsman Riley Gallinger-Long, 19, Cornelius, Ore.; combat Aug. 11; Helmand province.

Army Sgt. Matthew A. Harmon, 29, Bagley, Minn.; explosion Aug. 14; Paktika province.

Army Spc. Dennis G. Jensen, 21, Vermillion, S.D.; noncombat incident Tuesday; Helmand province.

Army Spc. Patrick L. Lay II, 21, Fletcher, N.C.; explosion Aug. 11; Kandahar province.

Army 1st Lt. Damon T. Leehan, 30, Edmond, Okla.; explosion Aug. 14; Laghman province.

Army Pfc. Rueben J. Lopez, 27, Williams, Calif.; explosion Aug. 11; Kandahar province.

Army Spc. Jordan M. Morris, 23, Stillwater, Okla.; explosion Aug. 11; Kandahar province.

Army Master Sgt. Charles L. Price III, 40, Milam, Texas; explosion Aug. 12; Kandahar province.

Army Spc. Joshua M. Seals, 21, Porter, Okla.; noncombat incident Tuesday; Paktia province.

Army Spc. Joseph A. VanDreumel, 32, Grand Rapids, Mich.; explosion Aug. 14; Paktika province.

Five Afghans are killed in insurgent attacks 08/20/11 [Last modified: Saturday, August 20, 2011 10:48pm]
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