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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NATO Convoy Ambushed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Suspected militants ambushed a NATO convoy in eastern Afghanistan, killing two members of the alliance and wounding seven troops, while 15 suspected militants were killed by police, officials said Sunday.

The convoy was attacked Saturday with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said. A service member and a translator were among those killed, they said.

Militant attacks and military operations have escalated this spring, mostly in the country's south and east.

NATO and Afghan security forces launched operations in three southern provinces aimed at disrupting militants' supply network and extending the government's reach in those volatile areas, Defense Ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi said.

The offensive began Thursday in Helmand, Kandahar and Ghazni.

In the country's most dangerous province, Helmand, a makeshift boat carrying Taliban militants fleeing fighting sank Friday while crossing a river, leaving an estimated 60 dead, Azimi said. He did not say what caused the boat to sink.

"They were fleeing from the pressure of our operations in the areas," of Kajaki and Sangin, Azimi said.

More than 1,900 people have been killed in insurgency-related violence in Afghanistan this year, according to an Associated Press count based on U.S., NATO and Afghan officials.