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Taliban attack US envoy’s helicopter

Despite increased security, gunmen greet US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke, with gunfire and mortars, in Afghanistan.

Afghan officials said on Tuesday that Holbrooke’s helicopter, the V22 Osprey, was apparently targeted by gunfire and mortars, when it tried to land.

He was on his way to visit US troops and the governor of Helmand province in Marjah.

Holbrooke is touring the country with US General Stanley McChrystal and US Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry ahead of a large-scale offensive with as many as 150,000 US troops occupying the country.

Officials said in a separate incident that three Taliban bombers were hiding in a shop near the place where Holbrooke was slated to meet with Afghan officials. They said the bombers were killed when their explosives detonated pre-maturely.

No other deaths or damage have been reported.

The Taliban have not commented on the incident.

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