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BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — Half of the eight American servicemembers wounded in an attack on a helicopter Wednesday morning in eastern Afghanistan have been treated and returned to their units, officials said Thursday.

Officials also said Thursday that it appeared the attack was carried out by insurgents with rockets, not mortars as first reported.

One soldier remains in critical condition and two more are in stable condition, according to Lt. Col. Jerry O’Hara, a spokesman for Combined/Joint Task Force-76. The final soldier is expected to recover and is listed “under doctor’s supervision.”

Two servicemembers were killed in the attack on a forward operating base near Shkin, about 100 miles southeast of Kabul. The identities and units of the deceased and wounded won’t be released by the Pentagon until family members are notified.

The military originally said the attack was caused by 107 mm mortars, but said later Wednesday that it was likely rockets. The rockets were targeted at a CH-47 Chinook helicopter that had just landed at the base. The helicopter was severely damaged, but the crewmembers weren’t among the dead or wounded, officials said.

O’Hara said the military has not found those responsible or any materiel used in the attacks.

He said Wednesday’s attack was the first to kill anyone on a U.S. compound since the Southern European Task Force (Airborne) took over the mission on March 15.

“The enemy certainly has demonstrated the ability to do attacks like these,” he said. “The fighting part of this mission is not over.”


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