- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

KABUL (AP) - A roadside bomb killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan, while two days of clashes killed 33 militants, international forces said Friday.

The bombing happened Thursday in Helmand province, NATO forces said in a statement that did not give further details on the incident or the service member’s nationality. The international force typically waits for national authorities to announce casualties.

Separately Thursday, U.S. forces said Afghan army and coalition troops killed 30 militants in a firefight in Helmand’s Gereshk district. The troops were patrolling in a militant-heavy area when they started receiving gunfire and returned fire, the U.S. said in a statement.

One Afghan soldier was injured during the operation, the statement said.

On Friday, Afghan and coalition forces killed three militants in eastern Logar province when fighting broke out during a raid targeting a bomb-making cell, a separate U.S. statement said.

One militant was captured in the incident in Logar’s Baraki Barak district, the U.S. said.

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