A vehicle carrying a group of suspected Taliban fighters attacked a military checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, sparking a firefight that left six dead and at least four wounded...

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A vehicle carrying a group of suspected Taliban fighters attacked a military checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, sparking a firefight that left six dead and at least four wounded, police said today.

Kandahar police chief Khan Mohammed said the attack occurred at 6 p.m. yesterday in Maivand district, 90 miles west of Kandahar.

Four soldiers and a civilian were killed, and the attackers left behind the body of one fighter as they drove away, police said.

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Security forces were pursuing them.

In a separate incident, two U.S. soldiers were wounded when their patrol came under small-arms fire Saturday northeast of Shinkay, in adjacent Zabul province, U.S. Maj. Mark McCann said.

He said both were evacuated after the firefight and are in stable condition awaiting transport to a U.S. medical facility in Germany. It was unclear how many attackers were involved, but McCann said it likely was no more than five.