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Afghan Forces, U.S. Servicemembers Clash With Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 4, 2005 – An Afghan National Police officer was killed and five other ANP officers and six U.S. servicemembers were wounded May 3 in what military officials called "an unprovoked attack from approximately 25 insurgents" in Afghanistan's Zabul province.

A Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news release said the attack began when an Afghan man told police he'd been beaten by a group of unknown individuals. The man led the ANP and U.S. forces to the location of the beating, where they came under small-arms fire.

Afghan National Army forces and U.S. soldiers operating in the area quickly moved to the site and cordoned off the insurgent forces by use of small-arms fire and support from coalition aircraft.

Battle-damage assessment is ongoing, officials said. Initial reports indicate that about 20 insurgents were killed and one other was wounded. Six insurgents were detained and questioned. The village leader also was detained after villagers reported him as a Taliban member.

All wounded ANP and U.S. soldiers were evacuated to Kandahar Airfield for medical treatment, where they were reported in stable condition. Two wounded U.S. soldiers returned to duty, and the remaining four were to be flown to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for further treatment.

Coalition forces are meeting with local leaders to coordinate assistance to the village, officials said.

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