Three American service members have been killed after their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan. Three others in the vehicle survived the blast but were wounded and receiving treatment.
The is the second incident where a U.S. service member has lost their life in Afghanistan over the span of a couple days.
From Fox News:
The wounded victims were evacuated and receiving medical attention, officials said. Those killed and injured weren’t immediately identified.
“In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete,” officials said.
The latest deaths come just days after a U.S. soldier was killed in a firefight with Al Qaeda forces Saturday, defense officials told Fox News.
And, via the Associated Press:
The U.S. military says three American service members have been killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan’s eastern Ghazni province.
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The military says three other service members were wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated on Tuesday near the city of Ghazni, the provincial capital. One American contractor was also wounded.
Fox News reports a U.S. Army Ranger was killed earlier this month in what some believed to be an “insider attack”:
U.S. Army Ranger Sgt. Leandro Jasso, 25, from Leavenworth, Wash., was wounded by small arms fire while conducting an operation to eliminate Al Qaeda militants in Nimruz Province, located in the southwest part of Afghanistan. Jasso was evacuated to Helmand province, where he was pronounced dead, officials said.
The Pentagon said the incident remains under investigation. Jasso was the ninth American killed in action in the country this year, and the second this month after a former mayor from Utah who served in the state’s National Guard since 2013 was slain in an “insider attack” in Kabul on Nov. 3.
The U.S. still maintains a presence of about 15,000 soldiers on the ground since officially concluding combat missions alongside NATO in 2014. These forces provide strategic support for Afghan forces trying to quell the resurgence of the Taliban and other terrorist forces.