Two bomb explosions in Afghanistan, blamed on Taleban insurgents, have killed four American soldiers and wounded two U.S. Embassy officials.
A roadside bomb in southern Zabul province killed the four soldiers and wounded three others early today -Sunday. The area, Deh Chopan, has seen a surge of fighting in recent weeks, with more than 200 suspected militants killed.
Hours later, in the western outskirts of Kabul, a roadside bomb went off near a convoy of U.S. Embassy vehicles, slightly wounding two embassy officials.
In a separate incident, in southern Kandahar province, gunmen on motorcycles gunned down a senior pro-government cleric.
Violence in Afghanistan has surged in recent months as Taleban insurgents try to sabotage next month's parliamentary elections.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.