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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — One of two U.S. servicemembers injured in a bomb attack Tuesdsay near Ghazni has died from his injuries, officials said Wednesday.

Both servicemembers — whose names and units have not yet been publicly released — had been medically evacuated to Bagram air base after the attack.

“The servicemember died of his wounds shortly after arrival,” U.S. spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O’Hara said. “The other servicemember wounded in the attack is listed in stable condition.”

Both of the wounded men were traveling in a military vehicle when they were hit by the makeshift bomb, officials said. Their unit was taking part in “operations designed to disrupt enemy activity in the region at the time of the attack.”

Four suspected Taliban members attacked a clinic in eastern Ghazni province on Monday, killing a doctor and a second civilian.

Violence in Afghanistan has been heavy since the spring thaws opened mountain passages and allowed insurgents more ability to launch attacks. Attacks, particularly with roadside bombs, are expected to increase in the days leading up to Afghanistan’s Sept. 18 legislative elections.

“These devices are used by cowardly individuals. Our operations are aimed precisely at finding and bringing people like this to justice,” Brig. Gen. James G. Champion, Combined Joint Task Force-76 deputy commander, said in a military release.


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