In military news, six American troops were killed and three others were wounded when a motorcycle laden with explosives detonated near them in Parwan province in a suicide attack.
A U.S. military official in Afghanistan confirmed that the troops killed were all U.S. service members.
The suicide attack occurred north of Kabul in a province best known for Bagram air base, a sprawling military complex from which U.S. forces fly F-16 fighter jets and other aircraft.
Bagram is one of several remaining U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. An attack near Bagram Airfield killed one NATO service member in September.
The Taliban posted a message on Twitter claiming responsibility for the attack, which was carried out by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle, according to NBC News.
As reported by news outlets, while the U.S. military no longer carries out offensive operations in Afghanistan following the end of its formal combat mission, it patrols around the base daily to protect it against the Taliban and other enemy groups.
“We’re deeply saddened by this loss,” said Brig. Gen. Wilson A. Shoffner, the top U.S. military spokesman in Afghanistan. Gen. John Campbell, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and the rest of the military coalition said that “our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of those affected in this tragic incident, especially during this holiday season,” Shoffner added.
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