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Eight U.S. troops killed in fierce Afghan raid

POSTED: Monday, October 5, 2009 - 4:14pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 12:05pm

Connecticut (AP)—Militants in Afghanistan killed eight American soldiers near the Pakistan border after an early Saturday morning raid, marking one of the deadliest attacks in the now eight-year war.

The fighters also killed up to seven Afghan troops during the raid, which lasted several hours and began when the militants streamed out of a local mosque inside a small village. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

"This was a complex attack in a difficult area," Col. Randy George, the area U.S. commander, said in a statement. "Both the U.S. and Afghan soldiers fought bravely together."

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said 35 Afghan police are in Taliban custody, taking responsibility for the militant raid.

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