NATO attack

A suicide bomber killed three foreign soldiers in an attack on a patrol in eastern Afghanistan on Sunday, NATO’s mission in the country said. 

 “Three Resolute Support service members were killed by a suicide bomber during a combined, dismounted patrol with Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan,” it said in a statement.

 A US member of the patrol and two Afghan soldiers were wounded, it said, without giving the nationality of those killed. 

 The attack by a lone bomber on foot happened at 6am in the city of Charikar in Parwan province some 60 kilometres north of Kabul, said provincial governor’s spokesman Wahida Shahkar. 

 The Taliban in a statement claimed responsibility. The US-led NATO force ended its combat mission in Afghanistan in 2014 and pulled out the bulk of its troops. 

A 16,000-strong residual force remains for training and counter-terrorism operations. 

 Last month a US soldier was killed and two others wounded in an “apparent insider attack” in southern Afghanistan, NATO said.

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