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Bomb kills 4 U.S. troops in Afghanistan

Associated Press
Published February 14, 2006

KABUL, Afghanistan - A bomb killed four U.S. troops when it hit their armored vehicle Monday in a volatile mountainous region in Afghanistan, the deadliest loss for the U.S. military in the country in four months.

The four unidentified troops were patrolling with Afghan soldiers along a valley road in Uruzgan province's Dihrawud district, a hotbed of the insurgency, when they were attacked, said Lt. Mike Cody, a U.S. military spokesman.

Shortly after the blast, militants opened fire with guns and rocket-propelled grenades. The troops fought back and called in attack helicopters and fighter planes, a military statement said. It was unknown how many insurgents died.

"This is a sad and tragic day for us all," said Brig. Gen. John Sterling.

The bombing raised the death toll of U.S. personnel in Afghanistan to 214 since the 2001 invasion.

[Last modified February 14, 2006, 02:45:31]

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