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ISAF convoy struck by vehicle bomb in Jalalabad

KABUL, Afghanistan — An insurgent car bomb near a coalition military convoy in the eastern city of Jalalabad wounded six ISAF troops Sunday, according to a local official and a spokesman for the NATO-led coalition.

The bomb struck a convoy in the Behsud district of the city around 3 p.m., said the official, Abdul Zia Abdulzai, a spokesman for the provincial governor. He said no civilians were injured in the blast.

A spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed an incident occurred in Jalalabad but said no coalition troops were killed. He declined to discuss servicemember injuries, citing ISAF policy.

Jalalabad is the capital of Nangahar province, which borders Pakistan and has seen sporadic fighting between insurgents and Afghan security forces.

Although Afghan forces have assumed most of the fighting against insurgents in the country, ISAF troops remain targets while working alongside Afghans, patrolling their own bases and moving in convoys.

Roughly 44,000 international troops remain in Afghanistan — nearly 30,000 of them Americans — as the coalition prepares to end its combat mission this year. NATO plans call for a residual training-and-advising force to remain after 2014, pending agreements with the government.

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