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Originally published Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at 5:57 AM

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Afghan official: 9 Afghan soldiers die in attack

Afghan officials say insurgents attacked a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, killing nine Afghan soldiers and wounding seven others.

Associated Press

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KABUL, Afghanistan —

Afghan officials say insurgents attacked a checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, killing nine Afghan soldiers and wounding seven others.

The Helmand provincial governor's office says the Afghan soldiers died Tuesday night when armed militants attacked an Afghan National Army checkpoint in Washer district.

Seven insurgents were killed in the attack.

Also in Helmand, insurgents clashed Tuesday night with Afghan police in Nad Ali district. An insurgent commander was killed and six other militants were captured during the battle.

Insurgents are trying to regain territory they lost during the past two years when tens of thousands of U.S., NATO and Afghan forces routed them from their strongholds in the south.

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