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Raider soldiers from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and soldiers from the Czech Army conduct a patrol in Eastern Afghanistan on July 25, 2018. Five Czech soldiers were injured by a suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

Raider soldiers from 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and soldiers from the Czech Army conduct a patrol in Eastern Afghanistan on July 25, 2018. Five Czech soldiers were injured by a suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. (LERONE SIMMONS/U.S. ARMY)

KABUL, Afghanistan — Five NATO troops wounded in an attack near Bagram Air Field on Wednesday were from the Czech Republic, the country’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday.

The suicide bombing that wounded the servicemembers also wounded four Afghan civilians, according to Afghan officials. Local media reported two civilians were killed.

The attacker detonated a vehicle packed with explosives near an armored vehicle the international troops were riding in, according to the Czech statement.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Phillip is a reporter and photographer for Stars and Stripes, based in Kaiserslautern, Germany. From 2016 to 2021, he covered the war in Afghanistan from Stripes’ Kabul bureau. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
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