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An American servicemember and an Afghan man working with U.S. forces were killed Wednesday when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, a military spokesman said Thursday.

A second American servicemember was killed and four others injured in a separate incident Wednesday when their vehicle flipped over.

Two other U.S. servicemembers were wounded in the bomb attack, which happened near Asadabad in eastern Afghanistan. The group was traveling in an up-armored Humvee, officials said, and was on a combat patrol.

One of the injured remained in a military hospital Thursday while the other was treated and released, according to Combined Joint Task Force-76, which has operational control of forces in Afghanistan.

“These are tools used by a weak enemy,” Brig. Gen. James Champion, CJTF-76 deputy commander, said in a news release, referring to roadside bombs.

“We send our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of our deceased comrade and the brave Afghan who died in this cowardly attack. The families of the injured can be assured that our servicemembers are in excellent medical care.”

In the second incident, an armored Humvee flipped over near Kandahar, killing one servicemember and injuring four others, officials said.

The accident was not the result of enemy action, U.S. military officials said.

Three of the injured were treated and released; the fourth was medically evacuated to a hospital for further treatment.


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