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US troops killed in Afghan prison
Prisoner kills two Marines after escaping from prayer room and grabbing rifle.
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2010 16:43 GMT
Anti-government fighters also attacked three Nato combat posts in  southeast Afghanistan [AFP]
 

A prisoner in southern Afghanistan has killed two US Marines after escaping a prayer room and grabbing a rifle, Nato has said.

Troops shot and killed the prisoner afterwards on Saturday.

"The prisoner escaped a room where he was observing prayer time, acquired a rifle and subsequently engaged Afghan and coalition forces. The Marines were killed while trying to subdue the prisoner," Nato said in a statement on Monday.

Another foreign soldier died on Monday in a bomb attack in the country's restive south, where 30,000 foreign troops are deployed.

The latest deaths bring the overall number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan this year to 426, compared to 520 for all of 2009, according a tally kept by icasualties.org, an independent monitoring group.

Posts attacked

Elsewhere, seven suspected fighters were killed and five people were wounded, including four US soldiers, when anti-government fighters attacked three Nato combat posts on Monday, Nato said.

The attack happened in the rural province of Paktika, which shares a long, porous border with Pakistan and is seen as a hotbed of Taliban activity.

"The attack ... [lasted] for four hours," US Air Force Master Sergeant Lori Mills said.

"Seven enemy, among them suicide attackers, tried to attack three Afghan and coalition posts," she said.

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