Bomb kills 3 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, NATO says

By the Associated Press
Saturday, February 13, 2010; 6:40 AM

KABUL (AP) -- Three U.S. service members have been killed in southern Afghanistan, but they did not die in connection with a major offensive under way in the Taliban stronghold of Marjah in Helmand province, NATO said Saturday.

The Americans died following a bombing, NATO said, but the international coalition provided no other details.

Afghan National Army Maj. Abdul Rahman said international troops were killed when a suicide bomber on a motorbike targeted a joint foot patrol of Afghan and U.S. soldiers in Kandahar province, located on Helmand province's southern border. NATO would not confirm if it was the same incident.

Separately, NATO said a Canadian soldier died of injuries he suffered in a training accident Friday on a shooting range northeast of Kandahar.

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