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06 August 2017, 01:36 | Myrtle Vega
NATO soldier, 3 Afghan civilians killed in Taliban attack
Two Afghan police officers were killed and a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation soldier was wounded in an apparent insider attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, officials said.
The troops were patrolling with Afghan National Army counterparts in the Qarabagh district of Kabul province, near Bagram Air Field, the largest US base in the country, when the suicide bomb detonated.
On Wednesday, a suicide attacker hit a convoy on the edge of the southern city of Kandahar, killing two United States soldiers and wounding another four.
The armed conflict in Afghanistan, which is in its 16th year, started with the fall of the Taliban regime in the late 2001 and has claimed tens of thousands of lives in the country.
On Thursday, another soldier was killed outside Kabul and six others were wounded.
U.S. Army personnel direct traffic during an Entry Control Point stop in Qarabagh, Afghanistan/.
"The commitment of Georgia as our largest non-NATO contributor is vital to our mission and we are honored to stand beside them under these hard circumstances", Nicholson said.
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Governor spokesman Umar Zwak said no security personnel was killed in the suicide auto bombing while some injured.
According to reports, three vehicles and 15 shops were also damaged in the attack.
"The Pentagon is considering sending almost 4,000 more troops to the country to train their Afghan counterparts, joining a US contingent that now numbers roughly 8,500". The incident is now under investigation, officials said.
The Taliban claimed that attack.
A Taliban attack early on Friday on a police outpost in southern Zabul province, on the border with Pakistan, killed four policemen.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
Meanwhile, Zwak said that at least five security force members were killed when a auto bomb blastoccurred close to their outpost in the district on Thursday evening. Witnesses reported a second explosion 10 minutes after the first bomber blew himself up.
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