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6 American soldiers killed in Bagram suicide bombing

6 American soldiers killed in Bagram suicide bombing

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Dec 21, 2015 - 17:15

CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Six NATO soldiers were killed and three others wounded as a result of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack in the Bagram district of central Parwan province on Monday, the alliance confirmed.

 “We’re deeply saddened by this loss,” Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, Resolute Support deputy chief of staff for communications, said in statement after the suicide bombing.

 “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,” he added.

In line with its policy, the NATO did not give the victims' nationalities, but Fox News quoted a senior US defence official as saying the fallen soldiers were American soldiers.​

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, wounded in the attack that targeted a joint patrol at approximately 1:30 pm.

The attacker was riding a motorbike and detonated his explosives against the joint patrol in Bajuri area, near the largest American military base in Afghanistan, Quddusi said.

A Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed responsibility, saying 19 US soldiers were killed in the bombing --  the worst against NATO troops since August 22, when three US contractors were killed in a suicide attack on their convoy in Kabul.

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