KABUL, Afghanistan – A gunbattle between U.S.-led coalition forces and militants in eastern Afghanistan left three militants and two civilians dead, the U.S. military said Saturday.
The clash, which began Wednesday when militants fired on the coalition forces, also left two coalition soldiers and three civilians wounded.
The U.S. military in Afghanistan did not specify where the incident occurred except to say in the country’s east, which borders Pakistan. It also did not say how the civilians were caught in the crossfire.
U.S. military officials were not immediately available to clarify the report.
More than three years after the fall of the hardline Taliban regime because of a U.S.-led invasion, about 17,000 U.S. forces are still hunting al-Qaida and Taliban fighters in eastern and southern Afghanistan.