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U.S. Soldier Injured in Afghanistan

November 22, 2002

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BAGRAM, Afghanistan (AP) _ A U.S. special forces soldier was injured when the Humvee vehicle he was riding in flipped over in western Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said Friday.

Two soldiers in the Humvee were on patrol near the city of Herat Thursday evening when the vehicle rolled over, said Col. Roger King at the U.S. military headquarters at Bagram Air Base. It was unclear what caused the accident.

One soldier broke several ribs and may have injured his spinal cord, King said, while the other was just shaken up. Both were airlifted to Bagram for medical treatment.

It was the second such incident in two days. On Wednesday, two U.S. Army soldiers suffered cuts and bruises when a tire on their sport utility vehicle blew out just north of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.

Also Thursday, unknown assailants fired a single rocket-propelled grenade at two military vehicles traveling from Kabul to the central Afghan city of Gardez, King said.

There were no casualties or damage to the vehicles, and they continued on without returning fire, he said.

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