Bombing In East; Deadly Raid

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
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KABUL (AP) -- Officials in Afghanistan are reporting at least one death in a roadside bombing today.

They say the eastern Afghanistan blast also wounded 11 other people. Officials say the casualties were construction workers traveling to a job site.

Also today, there are differing reports about a raid by Afghan and U.S.-led coalition troops. A coalition statement says five militants died after the gunbattle and raid targeting a "terrorist network" near the Tajikistan border.

But a local mayor says the target was his house. He says the dead include two of his guards, a cook, a driver and another man.

Independent confirmation isn't possible due to the remoteness of the area.

Civilian deaths in coalition raids are an increasingly sensitive issue with President Hamid Karzai in the fight against the Taliban and other militants.

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