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‘The contractor who was reported as killed, is alive’

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The U.S. military has corrected a report that an American contractor was killed in Afghanistan, stating that he was alive and was not an American.

“Three US. service members and one contractor were killed, and three U.S. service members were wounded by an improvised explosive device April 8 near Bagram Air Base,” a news release from U.S. Central Command in Kabul stated on Monday, the same day as the attack.

It was initially reported Monday that three U.S. troops and an American contractor had been killed and three U.S troops wounded when a Taliban bomb hit a convoy near Bagram Airfield, north of Kabul. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer confirmed that the three killed by the apparent suicide bomb were U.S. Marines.

On Tuesday, the report was “clarified” in another news release, which stated: “The contractor who was reported as killed, is alive. The contractor, an Afghan citizen, was initially treated along with other injured civilians, later identified as a contractor and treated at Bagram Airfield.”

Among the Marines killed were Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, a father of three and a 15-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York and a 19-year veteran of Kentland Volunteer Fire Department in Landover, Md. It was the deadliest attack in Afghanistan this year.

Afghan security forces are battling the Taliban for the fifth day after Taliban fighters launched a wide-scale attack in the western Badghis Province. The Taliban effectively control nearly half the country and have continued to carry out daily attacks on Afghan security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months.

Seven U.S. troops have been now killed in combat in Afghanistan this year.

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