Three U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan IED detonation

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Nov. 27, 2018 / 12:34 PM GMT / Updated 1:43 PM GMT

By Elisha Fieldstadt

Three U.S. service members were killed and three were wounded in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated Tuesday, NATO officials said.

An American contractor was also wounded when the device detonated near Ghazni city, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying a military vehicle was destroyed. The group appeared to believe of two soldiers were killed and two were injured.

The Taliban is active in Ghazni province and tried to take over the capital of Ghazni city in August. Ghazni is Afghanistan’s only province that didn’t hold a parliamentary election in October.

The contractor and the three wounded service members were evacuated and being treated for their injuries.

The U.S. Department of Defense does not identify killed service members until 24 hours after their families are notified.

On Saturday, Army Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, 25, from Washington state was killed in Afghanistan’s Helmand province by small arms fire, according to Defense Department officials.

An initial military review indicates he was likelyaccidentally shot by a member of the Afghan Security Forces which works in conjunction with the U.S. military.

“There are no indications he was shot intentionally,” a Resolute Support statement said.

Ahmed Mengli and Associated Press contributed.