6 American soldiers killed in Bagram suicide bombing
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Six NATO soldiers were killed and another three wounded as a result of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack in Bagram district of central Parwan province on Monday, the alliance confirmed.
“We’re deeply saddened by this loss,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, Resolute Support Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.
“On behalf of General Campbell and all of Resolute Support, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of those affected in this tragic incident, especially during this holiday season.”
The Bagram district chief, Abdul Shakoor Quddusi, earlier told Pajhwok Afghan News that five NATO troops were killed and six others including three Afghan policemen were wounded in a suicide attack that targeted their joint patrol at approximately 1:30 pm.
The attacker was on a motorbike and detonated his explosives against the joint patrol in Bajuri area, Quddusi said.
A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying 19 US soldiers were killed in the blast.
The US embassy in Kabul condemned the attack in strong words, Ambassador P.Michael Mckinley said: “Today we mourn the loss of six U.S. service members killed in a cowardly Taliban attack on U.S. and Afghan forces near Bagram Airfield. Our deepest condolences go to the families of the six killed, as they face such heartbreaking news during the holiday season. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims who are recovering from this attack. The U.S. Embassy stands in solidarity with our military colleagues at this difficult time, and we remain committed to supporting the Afghan people and their government in their efforts to find peace and stability
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