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American Troops Dead In Afghanistan Suicide Bombing

Two American soldiers and a Polish service member were killed while five others were wounded on Tuesday after a suicide bomber attacked the group’s convoy a few meters away from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, officials said.

According to Fox News, a Toyota Corolla sedan filled with explosives blew up at around 8:15 am on a main Kabul road connected to the airport as the convoy passed through. The area is a few yards away from the American Special Operations base that houses the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)

The coalition has not disclosed yet the nationalities of the victims.

At least 13 civilians were wounded but none killed in the attack, Afghan Interior ministry spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said. At least 17 cars have also been damaged.

In a Twitter post, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid took responsibility for the bombing and hailed the suicide bomber who executed the attack. He said the bomber has been waiting for a “long time” inside the vehicle, The Washington Post reported.

In a separate attack in the eastern part of the country on Monday, ISAF confirmed that another service member was killed dressed  someone dressed as an Afghan army soldier. This raised the possibility that the military personnel died from an insider attack, a common problem on U.S. bases in Afghanistan in the past two years.

These four deaths brought the total number of foreign troops killed in Afghanistan this year to 59, at least 44 of whom were U.S. citizens.

There are around 41,000 foreign troops from 44 countries deployed in Afghanistan and around three-fourths of them are Americans.

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