KABUL, Afghanistan -- Bomb attacks on US-led forces killed two coalition soldiers and wounded four in eastern Afghanistan yesterday. An Afghan interpreter was also injured.
Afghanistan has suffered a spate of suicide bombings in the past 10 months, but most have been in southern provinces, where remnants of the former Taliban regime are strongest. More than 400 people, mostly militants, died in fighting last month as more NATO forces prepared to deploy to the south.
Yesterday, a roadside bomb struck a military vehicle conducting security operations in Nangarhar Province, killing two coalition soldiers, said Lieutenant Khrysten Darm, a US military spokeswoman. She said one soldier and one Afghan interpreter were wounded, but she could not disclose the nationalities of the soldiers.
The provincial police chief, General Abdul Basir Salangi, said the attack was against US military vehicles. He had no casualty information.
Earlier in the day, a suicide car bomb hit a military convoy, wounding three US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan's Khost Province, along the mountainous border with Pakistan, a military statement said.
Two soldiers were taken to a medical facility. The third had only minor injuries.
The provincial deputy police chief, General Mohammed Zaman, said the attacker maneuvered a car packed with explosives -- including dozens of mortar rounds -- into the coalition convoy before triggering the blast. The explosion was so powerful that it melted asphalt on the road, he said.
A third attack in the country's east -- an explosion in the courtyard of a religious school and mosque -- killed three people and wounded at least seven yesterday in what appeared to have been a premature bomb detonation, officials said.