9 US Troops Die in Afghan Attack; Suicide Bomb Kills 24

But at least 40 militants killed in separate attack on coalition forces
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2008 12:31 PM CDT
9 US Troops Die in Afghan Attack; Suicide Bomb Kills 24
Two Afghan women are shown a few minutes before they were executed by Taliban in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on late Saturday, July 12, 2008.   (Rahmatullah Naikzad/AP photo)

A multi-pronged militant assault on a remote US base killed nine American soldiers and wounded 15 today in the deadliest attack on US forces in Afghanistan in 3 years, officials said. The attack came the same day a suicide bomber targeting a police patrol killed 24 people, while US coalition and Afghan soldiers killed 40 militants elsewhere in the south.

The militant assault on the American troops began around 4:30am in a dangerous region close to the Pakistan border and lasted throughout the day. "Although no final assessment has been made, it is believed insurgents suffered heavy casualties during several hours of fighting," NATO said in a statement. (More Afghanistan stories.)

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