KABUL, Afghanistan – Insurgents on Saturday killed two U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan, an area that has seen heavy fighting in recent months, the U.S. military said.
No other information about the deaths was disclosed, pending notification of family members.
But a U.S. military official said two U.S. special operations forces were killed by small-arms fire in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose information about the deaths.
This year, 296 international troops, including at least 257 Americans, have been killed in Afghanistan.
In the south, an Afghan policeman was killed and another was wounded when a remote-controlled bomb planted on a motorbike was detonated in Sangin district of Helmand province, provincial spokesman Ahmad Zarak said.
In neighboring Kandahar province, a roadside bomb killed another Afghan policeman in Kandahar city, provincial spokesman Ahmad Jawed Faisal said.
Campus police shoot naked student
A police officer at the University of South Alabama fatally shot a naked student whom authorities said repeatedly charged the officer.
University officials said the confrontation happened early Saturday morning when the officer went outside a police station to investigate a banging noise at a window.
Once outside, the officer was confronted by a naked man acting erratically.
Authorities said the man repeatedly charged the officer, who pulled his gun and retreated several times in an attempt to defuse the situation. When the man made a final charge, the officer shot him once in the chest.
The student was identified as 18-year-old Gilbert Thomas Collar of Wetumpka, Ala.
Toddler’s remains found in backyard
A routine child welfare investigation led to the discovery Saturday of a toddler’s corpse buried in the backyard of a Long Island home.
State police unearthed the remains in the dead of night at a tidy house in Farmingdale, N.Y., after being told by the boy’s mother that he died two years ago. The circumstances of his death remained unclear Saturday.
The boy, Justin Kowalczik, was about 17 months old when he died in the summer of 2010, police said. Authorities said the family never reported the child’s death.
Honda, Dodge vehicles recalled
Honda says it’s recalling CR-V crossovers from the 2002 to 2006 model years because an electrical switch in the driver’s side door could melt and cause a fire.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said owners should park their CR-Vs outside until the recall has been performed.
Chrysler says it’s recalling Ram 1500 and Dodge Dakota trucks from the 2009-10 model year because a lack of adhesive may cause the rear axle pinion nut to loosen.
The NHTSA said that if the part loosens, the axle can lock up, and the vehicle could lose control. That potentially could result in a crash.