Two US soldiers die in Afghan convoy attack

Dhaka,  Thu,  17 August 2017
Published : 03 Aug 2017, 11:57:59
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Afghan suicide bomber kills two US soldiers in NATO convoy

Reuters
A suicide bomb attack killed two American troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday as they were travelling in a convoy near the airport in the southern city of Kandahar, the US military said, in a strike claimed by the Taliban insurgency.

The attack was a reminder of the dangers posed to the 8,400 US forces in Afghanistan as President Donald Trump weighs sending thousands more troops to America's longest war.

The goal would be to better assist Afghan forces, who are locked in a stalemate with a resurgent Taliban after nearly 16 years of conflict. A mid-July deadline set by the Pentagon to complete its war strategy has come and gone and Trump's own views on the Afghan war remain unclear.

Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis announced the deaths from Washington. He gave no further details and the Pentagon declined comment on any wounded.

One US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said there could also be several NATO-led coalitions wounded in the attack but did not provide a number.

A local security official said the attacker drove an explosives-laden vehicle into the convoy. Photos of the site showed one partially destroyed armoured vehicle, with the rear of the truck particularly badly damaged.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack in an online post by spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. He said the explosion destroyed two vehicles and killed 15 foreign soldiers, including two "high-ranking officers".
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