KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - U.S. forces killed at least three suspected insurgents spotted near an American base in volatile eastern Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said Thursday.
Lt. Col. Douglas Lefforge said the three were part of a 10-man "enemy element" observed Wednesday night near the U.S. base in Asadabad, capital of eastern Kunar province near the Pakistan border.
"The firebase fired 120mm mortar illumination rounds as a warning, then fired high explosive rounds, killing the estimated three personnel," Lefforge said in an e-mailed statement from Bagram Air Base, headquarters of U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan.
The rest of the suspected insurgents fled the area and a coalition ground patrol was dispatched to investigate further, Lefforge said.
No coalition casualties were reported.
Near Asadabad last week, coalition forces called in a B-52 bomber and two fighter jets to pound insurgents who fired two rockets at the U.S. base. None were killed or wounded.