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Two U.S. Marines killed in attempted Afghan prison break

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A prisoner in Afghanistan got hold of a rifle while trying to escape captivity
  • The Marines were trying to subdue the prisoner
  • The prisoner was shot dead

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Two U.S. Marines were killed in southern Afghanistan Saturday while a prisoner was trying to escape, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force announced Monday.

The prisoner escaped a room where he was observing prayer time, somehow got hold of a rifle, then fought Afghan and coalition forces, according to an ISAF press release.

The Marines were slain while trying to subdue the prisoner, and the prisoner was shot dead by small-arms fire, the ISAF said.

Investigators are looking into the incident.