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Roadside Bomb Kills Two Troops in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2005 – Two U.S. servicemembers were killed and another was wounded after an improvised explosive device detonated near their convoy near Orgun-E June 3, according to Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials.

An Afghan interpreter riding with the troops also was wounded in the attack.

The attack occurred as a convoy was returning from the village of Gayan, officials said. The troops were traveling in an armored Humvee.

The wounded were taken by helicopter to Forward Operating Base Salerno for treatment. The names of those killed are being withheld until the families are notified, and an investigation into the incident is under way, officials said.

"Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of these two brave individuals who gave their lives so that Afghanistan might have a safe and secure future," said U.S. Army Brig. Gen. James G. Champion, Combined Joint Task Force 76's deputy commanding general for operations.

"We are also praying for the safe and speedy recovery of those wounded in this attack. The families can rest assured that they are being treated by the best medical system in the world and are receiving the very best care."

(From a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release.)

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