Car bomb kills 3 U.S. troops and a contractor in Afghanistan
Three other U.S. service members were wounded in the blast, U.S. Forces-Afghanistan said in a press release Monday afternoon.
The wounded troops were evacuated and are receiving medical care, U.S. officials said.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack through the group’s spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid. The insurgent group claimed the attack was conducted by a suicide vehicle-borne IED.
The identities and units of those killed are being withheld until 24 hours after their next of kin have been notified.
Bagram Air Base is one of the largest U.S. military bases in Afghanistan. The airfield is located in the country’s northern Parwan province.
There have been four other U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan so far this year. Those deaths occurred during combat operations in more remote Afghan provinces.
Despite it’s large size and long-term U.S. presence, Bagram has still been the site of insurgent attacks throughout the years.
In October, an IED detonated near Bagram Air Base, wounding six Czech soldiers as well as multiple civilians.
The U.S. presence in Afghanistan stands at roughly 15,000 troops.