Marines Killed In Afghanistan Based Out Of Fort Devens

FDNY Firefighter Christopher Slutman 43 died while on active duty in Afghanistan on Monday

FDNY Firefighter Christopher Slutman 43 died while on active duty in Afghanistan on Monday

Three American service members and a USA contractor were killed when their convoy hit the roadside bomb on Monday near the main US base in Afghanistan, the USA forces said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

"We will continue our mission", Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement on Tuesday. Three other USA troops were injured in the attack, along with an Afghan contractor. The base in Bagram district serves as the main US air facility in the country.

Three other USA service members were also wounded in the attack.

The statement further added that the wounded service members were evacuated and are receiving medical care.

Staff Sgt. Slutman was a 15-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department.

A Marine and longtime member of the FDNY in the Bronx was killed while serving in Afghanistan.

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Funeral arrangements are pending for Slutman, who is survived by his wife, Shannon, and their three young daughters, according to the FDNY.

Defense Department officials initially reported that the contractor had also been killed in the blast, but on Tuesday they announced that he had survived.

The Pentagon identified the two other Marines killed as Cpl. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled. An Afghan contractor was wounded, officials said. Four were passers-by and the fifth was a driver of a vehicle going down the road, said Abdul Raqib Kohistani, the Bagram district police chief.

"My heartfelt prayers to the families of the Americans killed near Bagram". They volunteered to protect their country.

The Afghan government says talks with the Taliban will take place on April 19 in Doha, the capital of Qatar, five days later than originally scheduled.

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