Three US Service Members, One Contractor Killed In Bagram

Convoy targeted at US base in Afghanistan: Afghan officials

Also on April 9, US forces in Afghanistan revised the death toll from a Taliban car-bomb attack a day earlier near the main USA base in the country, saying two US soldiers and a Marine were killed but not a contractor who was initially reported among the fatalities.

The blast took place on Monday close to Bagram Airfield, the largest USA military facility in Afghanistan.

Last month, two U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan during a military raid.

Authorities in Afghanistan say the latest military-led offensives, backed by coalition airpower, have killed almost 100 Taliban insurgents and injured dozens more in a bid to reclaim full control of a volatile district in western Badghis province. They added that one armoured personnel carrier had been "completely destroyed".

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement on April 8 that four Americans were killed on April 8 near Bagram Air Base, around 50 kilometers north of Kabul.

A spokesperson for the Parwan governor said a suicide bomber had targeted a convoy of coalition forces at Bagram.

Officials did not immediately release the names of those killed, in line with standard policy pending notification of next of kin, or the nationality of the contractor.

In addition, three USA service members were wounded in the blast.

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke tweeted his condolences, saying: "Our thoughts are with the families of the three service members killed today in Afghanistan".

In February, the top United States envoy seeking to broker peace in Afghanistan met the Taliban's co-founder in an attempt to end the 17-year conflict.

The war has taken a much larger toll on Afghan security forces and civilians. The terrorist outfit is under attack from US -backed Afghan forces, while Taliban insurgents are also waging attacks against the militant group in Taliban-controlled areas. Dozens more have been wounded.

The Taliban effectively control half the country and launch daily attacks on the army and police.

Afghans, meanwhile, are on high alert for a new round of violence when the militants kick off their expected spring offensive.

Taliban leaders are set to meet with Afghan officials in Qatar next week for a fresh round of talks as the USA tries to broker a peace deal. Abdullah Abdullah shares power with President Ashraf Ghani in a USA -brokered unity government.

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