Marines Killed in Taliban Attack Named
Three US Marines Killed in Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan
A suicide bomb attack outside Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, has killed three U.S. Marine Corps servicemen, according to the U.S. military. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for Monday’s attack.
U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Army Col. David Butler said that a vehicle-borne bomb exploded near a convoy on a security patrol near Bagram Air Base.
Lying about 50 kilometers north of Kabul, Bagram Air Base is the largest U.S. military base in the country.
The U.S. military medically evacuated three other U.S. service members and a contractor who were wounded in the attack. Initial reports said the contractor was killed but the U.S. military said Tuesday that the contractor, an Afghan citizen, is alive.
The spokesman for the Islamic insurgent group, Zabihullah Mujahid, claimed the massive explosion “killed and injured 10 American invaders.” He added that three Afghan security personnel, including an important commander, were also among the dead. The Taliban frequently inflate their claims following such attacks.
About 14,000 U.S. troops are deployed on Operation Resolute Spport, supporting Afghan forces and conducting counter-terrorism operations in Afghanistan.
The attack comes as U.S. representatives are working to negotiate a settlement with the Taliban to bring an end to America’s longest war. U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad said he had reached two “draft agreements” with Taliban representatives in Qatar last month.
Names of Marines Released
The U.S. Department of Defense released, Wednesday, the names of the men killed:
The following Marines died April 8 while conducting combat operations in Parwan province, Afghanistan.
Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York.
Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania.
Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Delaware.
These Marines were assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve.
Already this year, seven U.S. servicemen have been killed in Afghanistan.
Sources: VoA, DoD