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Ambushed Canadian soldiers returning to work in Afghanistan

Two Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan were back on the job Sunday, hours after they were wounded along with three colleagues in an ambush near Kandahar, military officials said.

Two Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan were back on the job Sunday, hours after they were woundedalong withthree colleagues in an ambush near Kandahar, military officials said.

Lt.-Cmdr. Hubert Genest said an RG-31 Nyala armoured vehicle was attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and a roadside bomb while travelling about 13 kilometres west of Kandahar about 1:20 a.m. local time Sunday.

Brig.-Gen. Guy Laroche, who visited the wounded soldiers in hospital, told the Canadian Press that their injuries were not serious.

Two of the soldiers have already left the hospital and returned to their units, Laroche said.

All of the wounded soldiers belong to the National Support Element.

Four of them are from Quebec, but they are not members of the Royal 22nd Regiment, also known as the Van Doos.

The soldiers were returning from a supply run to the Ma'sum Ghar forward operating base in the Panjwaii district when they were attacked, officials said.

3 U.S. soldiers killed

Meanwhile, three U.S. soldiers were killed on Sunday in eastern Afghanistan when their vehicle was hit by a bomb, an Afghan official said.

The U.S. military did not confirm the nationalities, but said the soldiers and their interpreter died during combat operations in eastern Afghanistan.

Canada currently has more than 2,500 troops in Afghanistan, as part of a NATO-led international force.

Canada has lost 66 soldiers and one diplomat since it first deployed troopsin early 2002, not long after the United States overthrew Afghanistan's Taliban government in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.