US: Afghan clash kills 5 international troops

May 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Officials say five international troops, including three Americans, have been killed in an attack in eastern Afghanistan. NATO forces say insurgents attacked Afghan and international forces Friday with rocket-propelled grenades and guns. They say the troops called in air support and the militants withdrew and are being pursued.

Col. Greg Julian, a spokesman for U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, confirmed that three of the dead were Americans. The nationalities of the other two were not immediately known. NATO typically waits for countries to release the nationality of their casualties.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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