A suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan on Wednesday killed two American troops as they were traveling in a convoy near the airport in the southern city of Kandahar, the US military said, in a strike claimed by the Taliban insurgency.
Gereshk district has been a centre of fighting between Taliban and Afghan security forces for several weeks.
"Our prayers today are with the nearly 900 Georgian soldiers in Afghanistan who are mourning their fallen comrade", said U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, known as the Resolute Support Mission.
"I can confirm that two US service members were killed in action in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when their convoy came under attack", Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said Wednesday.
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The Romanian soldier wounded Saturday is being treated at a Kandahar Airfield hospital, while the ANCOP officer is undergoing treatment at an Afghan medical facility, officials said.
"The commitment of Georgia as our largest non-NATO contributor is vital to our mission and we are honored to stand beside them under these hard circumstances", Gen. John Nicholson, the dual-hatted top commander of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and USA forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.
The clashes started late Thursday after Taliban attacked security posts in separate locations by auto bombs and motorcycle bombs, but security forces fought back the attackers, killing over 40 attackers as of Friday afternoon, the provincial government said in a statement.
On Friday morning, Basir Mujahid, police spokesman in Kabul province, confirmed that three civilians had also been killed and four injured.
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Two US soldiers died when a Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle filled with explosives into their convoy in Kandahar on Wednesday.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.Further details are awaited.
In a separate attack near Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, the Taliban killed another five policemen in an attack on a checkpoint outside the city on Thursday, according to Zahir Gull Maqbol, an Afghan army commander.
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