April 23rd, 2010
08:57 AM ET

2 U.S. troops, 5 militants killed in Afghan fighting

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) - Two U.S. service members and five insurgents were killed in a firefight in Afghanistan, the NATO-led command said Friday.

The incident took place late Thursday in Logar province, southeast of Kabul, when international and Afghan troops went to a compound in the Pul-e Alam district where insurgent activity was suspected.

Troops received machine gun fire from different points of the location and shot back, trading fire with the people inside, NATO said. The two U.S. troops died of wounds sustained in the firefight.

A Taliban suicide attack commander was among the five insurgents killed, NATO said. The commander had ties to the Haqqani network, a militant operation with links to the Taliban.

The forces searched the compound and found weapons, including rifles and bomb materials.

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