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Landmine Blast Kills U.S. GI in Afghanistan

A landmine exploded near a group of U.S. soldiers in western Afghanistan (search), killing one and injuring four more, the American military said Wednesday.

The explosion occurred Tuesday near a U.S. military base in Shindand (search), close to the Iranian border, where the soldiers served in a military police unit, a U.S. statement said.

One of the wounded suffered a severe back injury, another was in stable condition and two were treated and returned to duty, it said. None of the soldiers were identified in the statement, which gave no further details.

Taliban-led (search) militants continue to mount regular attacks on U.S. and Afghan forces in Afghanistan, mainly in the south and east, though American commanders claim that the former ruling militia is a fading force.

The last American combat fatality occurred Jan. 3, when militants detonated two bombs and opened fire on American troops in eastern Kunar province, killing one soldier.

The day before, one U.S. soldier was killed in a gunfight when American troops tried to search a suspect's home near Shindand.