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updated 5/31/2008 1:28:47 PM ET 2008-05-31T17:28:47

Two NATO soldiers died in a suicide car bomb attack in eastern Afghanistan, where the majority of NATO troops are American, NATO officials said.

The bomb attack in the city of Jalalabad wounded four soldiers from NATO's International Security Assistance Force. Security officials does not identify the nationalities of killed or wounded soldiers.  

Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said the blast also wounded four Afghan civilians and damaged five vehicles. Bashary said the explosion was triggered by a suicide car bomb attacker who targeted a convoy of international troops in the eastern city. 

Meanwhile, U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces killed "several" militants in the Nahri Sarraj district of Helmand province, a coalition statement said. Militants attacked the combined patrol with gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades before the coalition members called in airstrikes, the statement said.

Violence has increased around Afghanistan during the last two years, even as more international troops have poured into the country. More than 1,500 people have died in insurgency-related violence this year, according to an Associated Press count.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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