3 NATO Service Members Killed In Suicide Bomber Attack In Afghanistan Claimed By Taliban

| August 5 , 2018 , 16:58 IST

At least 3 NATO service members, identified by the Czech military as Czech service members, on a foot patrol in eastern Afghanistan have been killed in a suicide bomber attack on Sunday, claimed by Taliban militants.

According to a statement by the NATO Resolute Support mission, a service member, an American and 2 Afghan soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

“Their sacrifice will endure in both our hearts and history and further strengthen our resolve,” said U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, in the statement.

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The attack took place near the Bagram military base in the province of Parwan. Wahida Shahkar, spokeswoman for the Parwan provincial governor said that the suicide bomber was targeting foreign forces who were on a routine foot patrol.

Although the identities of the victims have not been disclosed, a statement from the military said that the families of the victims have been informed and that Defence Minister Lubomir Metnar has offered his condolences.

The Czechs had recently approved a plan to deploy 390 soldiers in Afghanistan through 2020, an increase from the current 230 as part of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

The Taliban claimed that they killed 8 US 'invaders' in a tactical bombing.

Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban spokesman, said “We have killed eight U.S. invaders in a tactic bombing,” adding that “The invaders had to bring three helicopter ambulances to protect their forces.”

Eastern Afghanistan is considered to be one of the deadliest areas for the US military since the main combat operation against the Taliban ended in 2014, and US Special Force units are regularly deployed there against the militants.