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2 Civilians, 15 Insurgents Killed in Eastern Afghanistan

NATO says two civilians have been killed and at least 10 others wounded in a fuel truck explosion in eastern Afghanistan.

A NATO statement says Thursday's blast in Nangarhar province also damaged nearby shops and vehicles, and that the explosion was likely triggered by an improvised explosive device.

In neighboring Logar province, NATO says coalition forces killed 12 Taliban insurgents, including a commander during an operation on Wednesday.

Another three insurgents were killed while Afghan and coalition forces were pursuing commanders of the insurgent group Jama'at ul Dawa al-Qu'ran in northeastern Kunar province. The group is linked to attacks that killed two U.S. service members.

And the alliance says eight coalition members were injured Thursday after a NATO helicopter made a hard landing in southern Kandahar province. NATO says based on initial reports, the incident was not a result of enemy fire.