June 21st, 2010
01:51 PM ET

2 U.S. soldiers killed in attack in Afghanistan

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and four other soldiers were wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated Monday in eastern Afghanistan, NATO-led forces said.

A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force, Lt. Col Tadd Sholtis, said another two U.S. soldiers and two Afghan soldiers were wounded in the attack.

Another ISAF servicemember died in southern Afghanistan after a small-arms attack Monday, he said.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, told CNN that the explosion described by ISAF as an IED attack in eastern Afghanistan was instead the detonation of a female suicide bomber, who ignited her vest at 4:45 p.m. (8:15 a.m. ET) in a crowd of military personnel who were helping at a clinic in Kunar province, in the Shaltan village of the Segal district.

He put the number of dead at 10 foreigners and two Afghan soldiers. Seven foreigners and seven Afghanis were wounded, he said.

Mujahid said the woman had a male relative who had been a fighter and was killed by foreign forces. ISAF said it could not confirm the report, but was investigating.

- CNN's Atia Abawi contributed to this story from Kabul.

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