Taliban insurgents attacked a district government center in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday while American troops were meeting with local officials inside
"Wounding three American soldiers and killing three Afghan police officers, according to Afghan and American officials.
The attack was carried out by a group of five to ten insurgents, some wearing suicide vests, who also took two Afghan officials hostage at the Chamkani district government building in Paktia Province
Sergeant Conner said: “Technically, I guess you could say they have control of the building at this time, just like a bank robber has control of the bank when he takes hostages.”
The attack came as the Taliban leadership released a statement on the group’s Web site on Thursday mocking claims by the secretary general of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, that Taliban attacks had been declining, and citing contrary information from “other enemy officials” that they had been increasing.
The attack in Paktia began around 4 p.m. when one of the attackers exploded his vest at the gate of the district government compound, allowing the others to enter, officials said. Inside, American and Afghan officials had been discussing continuing talks on a future strategic partnership agreement between their two countries, local officials said.
An American Apache helicopter responded to the scene and received heavy machine gun fire from a second team of insurgents holed up in a nearby mosque, Sergeant Conner said. After seeking permission from Afghan officials, the helicopter fired missiles at the mosque and destroyed it.
“They only engaged where they were taking fire from, and only after coordinating with the deputy governor of Paktia Province,” he said.
Names of the Dead
"The Department of Defense has identified 4,475 American service members who have died since the start of the Iraq war and 1,815 who have died as part of the Afghan war and related operations. It confirmed the deaths of the following Americans recently:
VINCENT, Dustin D., 25, First Lt., Army; Mesquite, Tex.; First Infantry Division.
DANIELS, Nickolas A., 25, Lance Cpl., Marines; Elmwood Park, Ill.; First Marine Division."
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