AT-KABUL: At least six Resolute Support service members were killed and three others wounded on Monday after a suicide bomber targeted the joint patrol convoy of Afghan and foreign troops in Bagram district of northern Parwan province.
Spokesman to the Parwan governor, Wahidullah Sediqi, said that a suicide attacker riding a motorbike targeted the joint patrolling convoy in Bajaurian area of Bagram district at 1:00 pm. In the attack three Afghan policemen were also injured.
However, the NATO’s Resolute Support mission in a statement said that it was a car bomb blast. “We can confirm there has been a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack in the vicinity of Bagram Air Field,” said spokesman of the Resolute Support, Col. Michael Lawhorn.
The mission said that six Resolute Support service members were killed and three others injured.
“We’re deeply saddened by this loss,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, Resolute Support Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. “On behalf of General Campbell and all of Resolute Support, our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of those affected in this tragic incident, especially during this holiday season.”
“It is Resolute Support policy to defer casualty identification to the relevant national authorities. The incident is currently under investigation. We will release additional information as appropriate,” Brig. Gen. Wilson said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
The militant group’s spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said that Afghan and foreign troops sustained heavy casualties in the attack. He claimed that 19 local and foreign security personnel were killed in the blast.