Soldier killed, others wounded by Afghan roadside bomb
One U.S. soldier was killed and several other people were injured Tuesday by a roadside bomb in southeast Afghanistan, officials said.
The name and unit of the soldier were being withheld until family members were notified. The blast, which occurred near the border with Pakistan, also injured a second U.S. soldier, two Afghan security forces members and an Afghan civilian, the U.S. military command in Bagram said.
“The unit was conducting offensive operations to prevent enemy activity in the area when the device detonated. They were traveling in an up-armored [Humvee] when this occurred,” a Combined Joint Task Force-76 release read.
The injured were flown to a nearby forward operating base for treatment, where they were all listed in stable condition.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of our fallen comrade,” CJTF-76 Command Sgt. Maj. Iuniasolua Savusa said in the release.
“It is a terrible toll. These devices injure not only Coalition forces trying to keep peace and ensure the safety of the Afghan people but the Afghan people as well. We strive daily to ensure that these devices do not harm our forces or innocent civilians. Our medical professionals are doing everything they can to ensure that those wounded in the attack receive only the best care.”
The death came one day after a German peacekeeper was among two people killed by suicide car bomb attacks against NATO forces in Kabul. The attacks were the first on foreign troops in Kabul in almost a year, officials said.
Since the September elections in Afghanistan, violence has abated. In the run-up to the vote, Taliban and al-Qaida fighters staged multiple attacks throughout the country, but mainly in the southeast and along the border.