Taliban suicide bomber kills three NATO soldiers

Three Czech soldiers killed in attack not far from Gram base in eastern Afghanistan; American soldier and two Afghans wounded.

Mordechai Sones ,

Afghan security forces arrive at area where explosions and gunshots heard
Afghan security forces arrive at area where explosions and gunshots heard

Three members of NATO’s Resolute Support mission have been killed after a suicide bomber stuck a foreign troops patrol in eastern Afghanistan. A US serviceman and two Afghan soldiers were also injured.

The attack took place in Cherikar County, Parwan province, about 65 km north of Kabul, not far from the US military airport in Gram, a provincial governor said.

The US military said it would not give further details of the incident until the families of the wounded soldiers were notified of the incident.

Although NATO completed its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014, thousands of soldiers still support and train Afghan soldiers in the so-called Resolute Support, and they carry out what is defined as "counter-terrorism missions".

“My thoughts and prayers, along with those of all of the 41-contributing Resolute Support nations, are with the families and friends of our fallen and wounded service members, and our injured Afghan brothers and their families,” said U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan Commander U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson. “Their sacrifice will endure in both our hearts and history, and further strengthen our resolve.”

Both the Taliban and a local ISIS affiliate regularly target Afghan security forces. Associated Press reports the ISIS affiliate also carried out several attacks targeting the country’s Shiite minority. ISIS today claimed a suicide attack two days ago on a mosque in the city of Gardez, south of Kabul. The attack killed at least 29 people and wounded another 81, AP said.