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US Military: Roadside Blast Wounds 4 American Soldiers, Afghan Interpreter

The U.S. military in Afghanistan says four American soldiers and an Afghan interpreter have been wounded in a roadside explosion in a southeastern part of the country.

A statement said the explosion occurred during a routine patrol near the town of Ghazni Tuesday. It said initial medical assessments indicated none of the wounds were life-threatening.

On Monday, four American soldiers were wounded when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a U.S. military vehicle near the southern city of Kandahar.

Taleban insurgents claimed responsibility for that attack.

Meanwhile, the military said coalition forces killed two insurgents and detained 12 others after a brief firefight near Kandahar Sunday.

In recent weeks, the guerrillas have stepped up their attacks in southern and eastern Afghanistan, as the country prepares for parliamentary elections expected in September.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.