Six US service members killed, wounded in Ghazni IED attack

Six US service members killed, wounded in Ghazni IED attack

Six US service members killed, wounded in Ghazni IED attack

Three U.S. service members were killed and three others were wounded by an improvised explosive device in southern Afghanistan, according to the NATO-led training mission in that country. "The wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care", the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

A total of 18 US service members have been killed there in 2018.

No other details have been released.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which brings the number of USA soldiers to have died in the country this year to 12.

The incident Saturday killed Sgt. Leandro Jasso, 25, in Nimruz province's Khash Rod district.

The killings of the American service members on Tuesday came as ISIS, in a statement posted by its Amaq propaganda arm, claimed responsibility for the suicide attack on Friday inside an Afghan Army base in eastern Khost province that killed at least 27 soldiers. The two districts, which are predominantly comprised of Hazara populations, were considered to be the most secure rural districts in all of the country.

An initial review showed the soldier was "likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force", a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation statement said on Tuesday, adding that the "tragic" incident occurred as they engaged in a battle with Al Qaeda militants.

The names of those killed were not immediately disclosed pending the notification of next of kin.

With Afghan security forces struggling to hold back increasingly confident Taliban fighters and Western appetite for further commitments uncertain, the conference comes at a sensitive moment.

"Sgt. Jasso was killed defending our nation, fighting al Qaeda alongside our Afghan partners", Miller added.

A total of 13 USA troops have been killed this year in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Post publication. Brent Taylor was shot dead in an insider attack in Kabul.

Worldwide forces have also suffered from so-called insider attacks in recent months, in which Afghan soldiers or police have opened fire on them.

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