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U.S. revises death toll in Taliban attack near base in Afghanistan

Three US Service members killed in suicide bomb blast near Bagram airbase, Afghanistan - 09 Apr 2019
A man passes the site where a day earlier, on April 8, 2019, a suicide bombing attack killed three U.S. service members near Bagram Airfield, on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan.
(Jawad Jalali / EPA/Shutterstock )

U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Tuesday that a contractor who was initially reported among the fatalities in a Taliban attack the day before was not killed.

Two U.S. soldiers and a Marine died in the attack near the main American base in the country.

The U.S. and NATO Resolute Support mission issued a statement on Tuesday “to clarify initial reporting.”

It said a roadside bomb attack that struck a convoy near the Bagram Airfield killed three American service members and that “the contractor, who was reported as killed, is alive.”

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The statement said that “the contractor, an Afghan citizen, was initially treated along with other injured civilians, later identified as a contractor and treated at Bagram Airfield.”


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