US service members and 1 contractor killed in Afghanistan

10 April, 2019, 00:46 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • U.S. Soldiers with Task Force Iron maneuver an M-777 howitzer so it can be towed into position at Bost Airfield Afghanistan

Three other American servicemembers were wounded in the attack, which occurred late Monday near one of the Bagram Air Field's gates, the military's Resolute Support command said in a statement.

Other reports suggested that it was a suicide bombing claimed by the Taliban, with an attacker driving an explosive-laden auto into a United States military convoy.

Earlier, the Taliban claimed to have conducted an attack with a vehicle bomb, saying "multiple invaders" had been killed.

The statement said "the contractor, an Afghan citizen, was initially treated along with other injured civilians, later identified as a contractor and treated at Bagram Airfield".

The group said an attacker detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the base in Parwan province.

The three wounded service members were evacuated and are receiving medical care, the Pentagon said.

Officials did not immediately release the names of those killed, in line with standard policy pending notification of next of kin, or the nationality of the contractor.


Earlier three people were killed in twin explosions in the eastern city of Jalalabad.

The latest deaths bring the number of USA service member deaths in Afghanistan to seven in 2019, and a total of 68 US military deaths since January 2015, according to USA government and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation reports.

The war has taken a much larger toll on Afghan security forces and civilians.

(Sgt. Justin Updegraff/U.S. Marine Corps via AP, FILE) U.S. Soldiers with Task Force Iron maneuver an M-777 howitzer, so it can be towed into position at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan, June 10, 2017.

The Taliban has until now refused to meet with the Kabul government, accusing it of being a puppet regime.

The bombing was the deadliest incident for Americans in Afghanistan since November, when a roadside bomb attack in the country's eastern Ghazni province led to the deaths of four US servicemembers.

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