Three U.S. Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Blast

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan

Three US service members killed in Afghanistan

Three American service members were killed and three others were wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said, marking what is likely the deadliest incident this year for US forces in the country.

Three US service members and an American contractor were also wounded in the blast, the military said.

An American civilian contractor also was wounded and was being treated along with the other military personnel, according to the NATO-led Resolute Support mission.

Lt. Ubon Mendie, a spokesman for the USA forces, says the wounded service members and contractor were evacuated and are receiving medical care.

The Taliban claimed the attack, saying a USA tank was completely destroyed.

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The wounded were evacuated to receive medical care.

The provincial capital, also named Ghazni, was overrun by the militants earlier this year before being driven off by Afghan and USA forces following days of heavy fighting.

The deaths came just days after Sgt. Leandro Jasso, a member of the elite 75th Ranger Regiment, was killed battling al-Qaida fighters during a raid in southwestern Nimruz province.

Aref Noori, a spokesman for the Ghazni governor's office, said a joint military operation by Afghan and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops had been underway in a village southeast of Ghazni city Tuesday morning when the bomb struck an armored military vehicle carrying foreign forces. Ghazni was the only province that didn't hold parliamentary elections last month.

Afghan security forces members expressed condolences for the Americans fatally wounded by the latest violence in the province. Voting there has been postponed for a year. The names of the dead and the injured were not immediately released.

The number of American casualties has fallen dramatically since the end of 2014 when Afghan forces took over from US-led North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops to secure the country.

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