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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.
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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.”


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.”