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3 British soldiers killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

June 09, 2008|From the Associated Press

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — Three British soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing and a local reporter for the BBC was found dead Sunday during a visit to this country by First Lady Laura Bush.

A fourth soldier was wounded in the attack less than a mile from the troops' base in the Upper Sangin Valley, the British military said. The deaths brought the British military's death toll in Afghanistan to 100 since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.

Insurgents attacked a police convoy in Ghazni province, killing 11 officers and wounding one, said the province's deputy governor, Kazim Allayar.

The British Broadcasting Corp. said one of its reporters, Abdul Samad Rohani, was found with a gunshot wound to the head in a cemetery.

The leader of Britain's armed forces, Air Chief Marshal Jock Stirrup, and Defense Secretary Des Browne released a joint statement offering condolences to the troops' families and saying their forces were making progress.

Laura Bush visited the construction site of a learning center for youngsters that will double as an orphanage.

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