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One US Soldier Dead, 2 Wounded in Clash with Taleban in Southern Afghanistan


The U.S. military says an American soldier has been killed and two others wounded in fighting with Taleban rebels in southern Afghanistan.

Seven militants were reported captured Tuesday during the fighting in Uruzgan province, the scene of a spate of suicide bombings in recent months.

In Kabul Tuesday, Afghan authorities say police fired into a crowd of rioting prison inmates, killing one and wounding at least three others.

Officials say the gunfire erupted as hundreds of prisoners tried a mass escape after government talks with the inmates broke down.

Late Tuesday, a man claiming to be an American journalist inmate told Western journalists by cell phone that rioting Taleban inmates were threatening to kill him.

Free-lance journalist Edward Caraballo was jailed in 2004 along with two other Americans found guilty of running a private prison and torturing Afghan suspects.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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