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Insurgent Attack Wounds U.S. Servicemember

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2005 – A U.S. servicemember was wounded Feb. 24 when a vehicle filled with insurgents fired on coalition forces in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, military officials there reported today.

The military said coalition forces were investigating an improvised explosive device when they came under small-arms fire from a passing vehicle.

The soldier was reported in stable condition at the Kandahar Airfield hospital.

In a separate incident, five Afghan security force personnel were injured Feb . 24 when their vehicle was ambushed near a border checkpoint in Khost province. Afghan security forces returned fire and pursued the insurgents, killing three insurgents and injuring one.

The injured Afghan security force members were taken to a coalition hospital at Forward Operating Base Salerno and treated for their injuries. Three were reported in stable condition; the other two were treated and released. No coalition forces were injured in the attack.

Hours later, two coalition helicopters surveying the ambush area received small-arms fire. One helicopter returned fire, killing seven more attackers.

(Compiled from Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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