United States forces: 3 Marines killed, Afghan contractor wounded

United States forces: 3 Marines killed, Afghan contractor wounded

United States forces: 3 Marines killed, Afghan contractor wounded

Three US service members were killed and three others were wounded by an improvised explosive device near Bagram Airbase on Monday, April 8, the Resolute Support confirmed in a statement.

Qudoosi claimed that the attack was carried out by an explosive-laden vehicle.

"My heartfelt prayers to the families of the Americans killed near Bagram".

Three other service members were hurt, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance said.

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".

A government counteroffensive has since regularly carried out air raids against Taliban positions in the district and US -led coalition planes have assisted, the Defense Ministry in Kabul said Monday.

A total of seven USA military members have died in Afghanistan in 2019.

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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.

Christopher Slutman, a 15-year New York City fire department member, was among the three Marines killed.

But the Taliban say they will not recognize any government official attending the gathering as a representative of the Kabul government, only as an individual Afghan participant.

A spokesperson for the Parwan governor said a suicide bomber had targeted a convoy of coalition forces at Bagram. The terrorist outfit is under attack from US -backed Afghan forces, while Taliban insurgents are also waging attacks against the militant group in Taliban-controlled areas. The Taliban have refused to meet with the Afghan government, which they view as a US puppet.

Abdullah said the Taliban could partake in elections and even compete for the presidency if they renounce violence.

Last month two USA service members were killed in Afghanistan while conducting an operation.

Last year, 13 US service members were killed in Afghanistan.

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