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NATO Soldier Killed in Suicide Attack North of Kabul

A soldier on patrol in Afghanistan (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)
A soldier on patrol in Afghanistan (Photo Credit: U.S. Army)

A NATO soldier was killed and five other troops plus an Afghan interpreter were wounded Thursday in a suicide attack on a patrol north of Kabul, the NATO Resolute Support mission said in a statement.

The attack in the Qarabagh district, near the huge U.S. Bagram air base, came a day after two U.S. troops were killed in a suicide car bomb attack on a NATO convoy on the outskirts of Kandahar in southwestern Afghanistan. Four U.S. troops were wounded in the Kandahar incident, according to the Pentagon.

The attack Thursday evening was carried out by an individual wearing what NATO described as a "personnel-borne IED," or improvised explosive device, and occurred during a joint patrol by the coalition troops with the Afghan National Army, NATO said.

The wounded personnel are being treated at the military hospital at Bagram Airfield and are listed in stable condition, NATO said.

The identity and nationality of the victim killed in the attack Thursday were not immediately disclosed. Thirty-nine nations contribute to the NATO Resolute Support mission.

The NATO mission is separate from U.S.-Forces Afghanistan, but both are commanded by U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson.

In addition, the U.S. Defense Department on Thursday identified a service member who died this week in Kuwait in a non-combat incident.

Tech. Sgt. David Board, 49, died Tuesday while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S. military's intervention against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS.

-- Oriana Pawlyk contributed to this article.

-- Richard Sisk can be reached at Richard.Sisk@Military.com.

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