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3 US service members, 1 contractor killed by Taliban IED

A Combat Logistics Patrol roves up an unpaved road as they receive security coverage from the scouts of Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6th Cavalry, 4th Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division. The stretch of road in Afghanistan is frequently attacked so the security is necessary to the overall mission success. (U.S. Army/Released)
April 08, 2019

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Three U.S. service members and a contractor are dead after a bombing near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

An improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated, killing the four and injuring another three U.S. service members, according to a Resolute Support statement on Monday.

The wounded were evacuated from the area and transported for urgent medical treatment.

The statement said:

Three U.S. service members and one contractor were killed, and three U.S. service members were wounded by an improvised explosive device April 8 near Bagram Air Base.

The wounded service members were evacuated and are receiving medical care.

In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin is complete.

Officials told The Wall Street Journal that the blast was orchestrated by the Taliban, who attacks a truck convoy with the U.S. service members.

Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Jr.,who assumed head of the U.S. Central Command last month, was traveling in Afghanistan at the time, but officials said he was not involved in the attack.