3 US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Blast

3 others wounded, along with an American contractor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 27, 2018 6:47 AM CST
3 US Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Blast
US Marines stand guard during the change of command ceremony at Task Force Southwest military field in Shorab military camp of Helmand province, Afghanistan on Jan. 15, 2018.   (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

(Newser) – The US military says three American service members have been killed in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan's eastern Ghazni province. Three other service members were wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated on Tuesday near the city of Ghazni, the provincial capital, per the AP. One American contractor was also wounded. The identities of the American casualties were not provided, pending notification of their families.

Lt. Ubon Mendie, a spokesman for the US forces, says the wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack. The Taliban have an extremely active presence in Ghazni province and attempted to take over the capital in August. Ghazni was the only province that didn't hold parliamentary election in October. (Earlier this month, a Utah mayor was killed in Afghanistan.)

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