Anti-US fighter killed in Afghanistan

A US patrol has killed one fighter and captured three after a bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan in which one US soldier was slightly hurt, the US military said.

    The Taliban is waging a guerrilla war against US-led forces

    The soldier was wounded when an improvised bomb detonated near the town of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province on Monday, the US military said in a statement.

    Fighters then attacked the patrol with small arms, it said.

       

    The patrol returned fire, killing one fighter and capturing three more, it said, adding that the wounded soldier returned to duty after treatment.

       

    Another improvised bomb detonated near a US patrol in the south-eastern province of Paktia on Monday, damaging a vehicle, but causing no casualties, the US military said.

     

    Raids

       

    The attack in Nangarhar came a day after the US military said it had killed four fighters and captured several in raids on al-Qaida-linked compounds in the Jalalabad area at the weekend.


    A 17,000-strong US-led force is in
    Afghanistan fighting the Taliban

    It said those killed and captured included some Arabs.

     

    Taliban and allied fighters have been waging a guerrilla war against a 17,000-member US-led force and the Afghan government since being overthrown in 2001.

    Some non-Afghan fighters have stayed in the country to help the Taliban and have also mounted attacks from remote tribal areas across the border in Pakistan.

       

    US officials say they believe Usama bin Ladin is hiding in the rugged borderlands between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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