2 U.S. Soldiers Defusing Bomb Killed In Afghanistan

A U.S. military spokeswoman says two American soldiers were among four people killed in southern Afghanistan when a roadside bomb they were trying to disarm exploded.

The provincial police chief in Helmand province, Kamal Uddin, says the explosion took place Sunday in Nad Ali district.

Uddin says an Afghan translator and a policeman were also killed in the

Capt. Elizabeth Mathias, a U.S. military spokeswoman, confirmed that two U.S. soldiers were among the four killed.

Helmand is a stronghold of Taliban militants, who control wide swaths of territory in the province.

It is also the world's largest opium poppy growing region. Opium poppies provide the main ingredient for heroin.

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