Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Roadside bomb kills 3 US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

Roadside bomb kills 3 US soldiers in eastern Afghanistan

Three US soldiers were killed and three wounded by a bomb in Afghanistan on Tuesday, Nato said, taking the number of American service personnel to die in the war-torn country this year to 12.

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The military said that three other service members were wounded when the bomb went off near the city of Ghazni. "The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care".

No other details have been released.

Taliban militants claimed responsibility for the attack in the city of Ghazni, where USA forces have waged fierce battles against the Taliban for months.

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The deaths came just days after Sgt. Leandro Jasso, a member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, was killed battling al-Qaida fighters during a raid in southwestern Nimruz province.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack near the city of Ghazni, capital of the central Afghanistan province, according to the Associated Press.

Resolute Support said that "an initial review indicates Sgt. Jasso was likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force" and "there are no indications he was shot intentionally". The two districts, which are predominantly comprised of Hazara populations, were considered to be the most secure rural districts in all of the country. "All of us, and throughout our coalition of 41 nations, recognize the threats posed by groups such as al Qaeda and ISIS and are determined to fight them here".

Maj. Brent Taylor of the Utah Army National Guard was killed in an insider attack in early November. The U.S. military involvement began within weeks of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

On Saturday, a United States soldier was killed in Nimroz province in what appeared to be an accidental shooting, the Nato-led mission also announced on Tuesday. It also brings the total of USA troops killed in combat in the Afghanistan War up to ten this year.

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