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SUSPECTED TALIBAN HIT CONVOY, KILL 3

Suspected Taliban gunmen ambushed a convoy of civilian trucks carrying vehicles to the U.S. military in southern Afghanistan, killing three drivers, an official said Saturday.

Also Saturday, dozens of Taliban fighters attacked the office of a district chief in southern Afghanistan before dawn, killing three Afghan soldiers, an official said. He said they believe the soldiers also killed about nine rebels.

The gunmen attacked the trucks Friday after they crossed the Pakistani border at Spin Boldak, 55 miles south of Kandahar city, Spin Boldak District Chief Fazeluddin Agha told the Associated Press.

Three drivers -- two Pakistanis and one Afghan -- were killed in a hail of gunfire that severely damaged the trucks and two of the military vehicles, Agha said. He did not identify the types of vehicles being transported.

In southern Helmand province Saturday, dozens of Taliban attacked a government office in the district of Daisho, triggering a shootout that left three soldiers dead and four wounded, an Afghan official said.

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