U.S. military: Three American service members and contractor killed in Afganistan

Christopher Slutman

Christopher Slutman

Three US service members and one contractor have been killed by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Three U.S. service members were also wounded in the incident near Bagram air base close to Kabul, the statement said.

Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility of the attack and said the "suicide attacker destroyed two tanks and killed over 10 USA military servicemen".

Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and police keep watch outside the Bagram Airfield entrance gate north of Kabul, Afghanistan November 12, 2016.

An Afghan military convoy drives past the site of a vehicle bomb attack where U.S soldiers were killed near Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, April 9, 2019.

It says that in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin.

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On Tuesday, local Afghan officials said at least five Afghan civilians were wounded in the commotion after the attack on the American convoy.

The blast brings to seven the number of United States troops killed in Afghanistan so far this year, compared to 12 killed in all of 2018.

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke tweeted his condolences, saying: "Our thoughts are with the families of the three service members killed today in Afghanistan".

U.S. Soldiers with Task Force Iron maneuver an M-777 howitzer, so it can be towed into position at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have agreed to take part in an all-Afghan gathering later this month in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office.

In order to achieve a breakthrough in the talks, the Afghan government has proposed two lists of 22 individuals for peace negotiations with the Taliban and a list of 37 people as members of the Council for Reconciliation.

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