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4 from U.S. military die in air recon crash

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) -- An American reconnaissance plane crashed 6 miles from the only U.S. base in Africa, killing four service members on board, after returning from a mission in support of the war in Afghanistan, the military said Monday.

The statement said the crash occurred Saturday in Djibouti.

Spc. Ryan Whitney of the 1st Special Operations Wing said initial indications are that the plane did not crash because of hostile fire.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The four killed were Capt. Ryan P. Hall, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Capt. Nicholas S. Whitlock, 29, of Newnan, Ga.; 1st Lt. Justin J. Wilkens, 26, of Bend, Ore.; and Senior Airman Julian S. Scholten, 26, of Upper Marlboro, Md.


Gunmen in police garb kill 2 NATO soldiers

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Gunmen in police uniforms opened fire on NATO military personnel Monday in southern Afghanistan, killing two Albanian soldiers and wounding another international service member, officials said.

The attack by suspected Afghan policemen appears to be the latest in a growing number of turncoat attacks that have raised questions about the vetting of Afghan recruits and threatened the international military commitment to Afghanistan.

Monday's shooting occurred in the village of Robat, in Kandahar province's Spin Boldak district that borders Pakistan, said Kandahar Police Chief Abdul Raziq. The troops had gone there for a meeting about opening two schools and a health center, the Albanian Defense Ministry said.