Bomb kills three USA soldiers in Afghanistan

Minnie Murray
April 10, 2019

Also on April 9, US forces in Afghanistan revised the death toll from a Taliban car-bomb attack a day earlier near the main USA base in the country, saying two US soldiers and a Marine were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported among the fatalities.

"The contractor who was reported as killed, is alive", the US -led military operation in Afghanistan, Operation Resolute Support, said in a statement released Tuesday.

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

Prior to Monday's attack, there had been a total of four American troops killed in Afghanistan in 2019: Sgt. Cameron Meddock, Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale, Spc.

The wounded were evacuated and were receiving medical care, the statement said. The base in Bagram district serves as the main USA air facility in the country.

The latest deaths bring the number of US service member deaths in Afghanistan to seven in 2019, and a total of 68 USA military deaths since January 2015, according to US government and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation reports. The names of those killed were being withheld for 24 hours until the notification of next of kin has been completed, as per Defense Department policy.

The military initially reported that four people died in the attack, which was claimed by the Taliban: three USA service members and a military contractor. The conflicting accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

The US now has some 14,000 troops in Afghanistan - down from a peak of around 100,000 - a lot of them deployed to train and advise Afghan counterparts.

Violence has been relentless in Afghanistan even though Taliban militants have held several rounds of talks with USA officials about a peace settlement.

Local officials said at least five Afghan civilians were wounded in the blast. The insurgents dismiss the Afghan government as a US puppet.

In February, the top United States envoy seeking to broker peace in Afghanistan met the Taliban's co-founder in an attempt to end the 17-year conflict.

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