Official: 7 Afghan soldiers, translator, killed

July 30, 2011 - 4:29 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says seven Afghan soldiers and a translator were killed alongside two NATO service members in a bombing and ambush in eastern Paktia province.

The deputy provincial governor of Paktia, Abdul Rahman Mangal, said Saturday the soldiers and a translator were killed on Friday while on patrol in the Zurmat district of the province.

NATO announced Friday that two of its service members were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, but did not provide nationalities or any other details.

Mangal says the troops were on a joint patrol when a roadside bomb detonated. He added that the patrol was then attacked by insurgents. He did not have any further information on other casualties or wounded.