US soldier killed, 7 militants held in Afghan
A US soldier was killed and two wounded in insurgency-hit southern Afghanistan during a clash with suspected Taliban militants.india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 08:45 IST
A US soldier was killed and two wounded in insurgency-hit southern Afghanistan during a clash with suspected Taliban militants, the US-led coalition said.
Seven suspected Taliban fighters were captured after the engagement in troubled Uruzgan province, it said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Coalition forces conducting offensive operations captured seven suspected Taliban fighters today (Tuesday) in an engagement in which two US service members were wounded and one US service member was killed," it said.
"One coalition vehicle was damaged by an improvised explosive device during the engagement, in the vicinity of Tarin Kowt. Coalition forces attacked the enemy with small-arms fire."
The soldier was the seventh to die in hostile action in Afghanistan this year.
Americans form the bulk of a coalition of about 20,000 troops based mainly in volatile eastern and southern Afghanistan to help root out Taliban and other militants waging an anti-government insurgency.
The Taliban government was removed from power four years ago in a US-led operation launched after the regime did not hand over Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, wanted for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Washington is due to cut the number of its troops in the coalition by around 3,000 in the coming months as a separate NATO-led force moves into the south, expanding by about 6,000 to number about 16,000 with commitments from countries including the United States, Canada and The Netherlands.
First Published: Mar 01, 2006 08:45 IST