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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- An American soldier and seven insurgents were killed in violence in Afghanistan, the U.S. military says.

The casualties occurred Friday as a result of "an ambush on an joint coalition and Afghan patrol near Lwara in Paktika province."

Three U.S. soldiers were also wounded -- two evacuated to a base and a third treated and returned to duty.

"Coalition forces reported the enemy fleeing shortly after the ambush began. Coalition fixed- and rotary-wing attack aircraft and artillery responded to the attack," the military said.

Paktika province is in southeastern Afghanistan, bordering Pakistan.

The number of American troops to die in the Afghan conflict from October 2001 now totals 189.


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