Georgian soldier killed, two USA troops wounded in Afghanistan convoy attack
06 August, 2017, 01:36 | Author: Dustin Murphy
Taliban gunmen have attacked a local market in the centre of Gereshk district in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, officials said.
"Clash is ongoing between security forces and the attackers in the area", Tolo news quotedHelmand governor's spokesman Omar Zwak as saying.
Mohammad Dawood, spokesman for the National Directorate of Security, said the attacks on checkpoints were all beaten back.
"I can confirm that two USA service members were killed in action in Kandahar, Afghanistan, when their convoy came under attack", Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said Wednesday. Both attacks were claimed by the Taliban.
The group was on a joint patrol with Afghan forces in the Qarabagh district of the capital Kabul when they were attacked by a suicide bomber.
The blast also killed two Afghan civilians and wounded 11 others, including an Afghan interpreter and three more soldiers from the former Soviet republic, NATO's Resolute Support mission said in a statement early Friday.
North Atlantic Treaty Organisation said that another five soldiers and an interpreter were also injured, adding in a statement that they were in stable condition and being treated at nearby Bagram Airfield, the largest USA base in the country.
On Thursday, a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden auto into a police outpost in Gareshk, killing two policemen and wounding another two. He claimed 11 Americans were killed, but the insurgents routinely exaggerate their claims. - AP.
The coalition maintains almost 13,000 troops from 39 countries as part of a mission to train, advise and assist Afghan troops.
Four soldiers were also wounded in the attack, and they are receiving treatment at a coalition medical facility.
The Taliban claimed that attack. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of Jackson Springs, N.C., were killed when a vehicle bomb detonated near their convoy, the Pentagon said in a release late Thursday.
Detectives said they believed they knew their whereabouts but wanted to end the situation calmly without another "tragedy". Police have not said why the suspects were in California and have not released details on what led up to the murder.
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