Fifty killed in Afghan violence

Nearly 50 Afghan civilians, security forces and militants were killed in a spate of attacks around the war-torn country, including an overnight military raid targeting insurgents in the increasingly violent north, officials said today.

A roadside bomb killed two US troops in the east.

Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked an office of intelligence officers in the southern city of Kandahar, killing one agent.

In Kabul province, gunfire broke out after an apparent spat between a US service member and an Afghan police officer, seriously wounding both.

A roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan killed two US service members, said Captain Elizabeth Mathias, as US military spokeswoman.

No other details were released.

Taliban attacks have risen steadily the last three years as have deaths of Afghan civilians caught in the grinding war between the Taliban and US and Nato forces.

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