Blast Kills 3 US Troops, Wounds 4 Americans in Afghanistan

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

Three U.S. service members were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday in an explosion that wounded four other Americans.

The latest deaths come three days after a U.S. Army Ranger was killed in a gunfight in the war-torn country.

U.S. military officials did not release the identities of the three service members killed pending next-of-kin notification. The three died when an improvised explosive device detonated near Ghazni, according to a Nov. 27 Operation Resolute Support press release.

Three other service members and one American contractor were wounded in the blast. All four were evacuated from the scene and received medical care, the release states.

U.S. military officials also announced Tuesday that Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso died Saturday after he was "likely accidentally shot by our Afghan partner force," according to a separate Resolute Support press release.

There are no indications Jasso was intentionally shot, the release states.

The deaths of Jasso and the three service members bring the number of U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan this year up to 13.

Most of the roughly 14,000 U.S. troops deployed to Afghanistan assist NATO's training and advising mission, while a smaller number help with the U.S.' separate counterterrorism mission that targets groups such as the local Islamic State affiliate.

-- Matthew Cox can be reached at matthew.cox@military.com.

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