Convoy targeted at USA base in Afghanistan: Afghan officials

Arturo Kim
April 10, 2019

Three other service members were injured, a statement from the military says.

US defense officials announced on Monday that three American troops and one American security contractor were killed by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.

Seven US troops (8 Americans, including the contractor today) have been killed in action this year in Afghanistan.

Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack and said the group's fighters also seized weapons and ammunition. Abdul Shakor Qudosi, the district administrative chief in Bagram, said American soldiers opened fire immediately after their convoy was bombed.

The Taliban said a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation base in Bagram district, in Parwan province.

In accordance with Department of Defense policy, the identities of the killed and wounded are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

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The violence continues in the country despite the USA and the Taliban holding several rounds of peace talks since late a year ago, with the latest one ending earlier this month.

Afghan security forces have borne the brunt of the fighting since NATO's combat mission ended in 2014. Dozens more have been wounded. "They volunteered to protect their country", Gen. Scott Miller, who heads USA and foreign forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.

Afghans, meanwhile, are on high alert for a new round of violence when the militants kick off their expected spring offensive.

Over the weekend U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconstruction Zalmay Khalilzad met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and other officials as part of those efforts.

Taliban fighters stormed army checkpoints in southern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border overnight, killing 20 troops, an official said Tuesday.

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