The U.S. military in Afghanistan says two Marines have been wounded during an ambush by suspected Taleban fighters north of Jalalabad.

A U.S. statement says the Marines came under fire Saturday evening while conducting a routine security patrol, and the assailants retreated.

Both Marines received shrapnel wounds to the shoulder and were treated at the scene before continuing with their mission.

U.S. and Afghan government troops clash regularly with insurgents in southern and eastern Afghanistan bordering Pakistan.

Violence has declined during the winter. But Taleban officials have vowed that attacks will intensify when the weather improves.  

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