At least one U.S. Special Forces soldier was killed and another injured after
their vehicle was hit by an explosion in northeastern Afghanistan.
Afghan officials say the casualties were caused Friday by an explosive device
planted on a road in rural Kunar province. The device went off as the soldiers
were driving by.
Kunar Governor Sayed Fazl Akbar says the blast is the work of militants loyal
to Afghanistan's former hard-line Taleban regime.
He tells VOA that local attacks by Taleban militants are normally limited
to small-scale hit-and-run assaults, usually carried out under cover of darkness.
"Three, four men can do this in the nighttime, one o'clock or two o'clock,
(go) close to a district and just shoot some fire and run back . like a bunch
of thieves," he explained.
Afghan and U.S. forces are in their second week of an offensive against Taleban
fighters in Kunar and neighboring Nuristan province.