WASHINGTON – Three U.S. service members were wounded Wednesday in the capital city of Afghanistan when the NATO convoy they were traveling in was attacked by a suicide bomber.
The unidentified service members were traveling in armored vehicles designed to withstand large blasts, and came away from the attack with injuries “not considered life-threatening,” according to U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesperson Capt. Bill Salvin.
The vehicles were still operational after the blast, and were able to return to a coalition base, Salvin said. The U.S. service members are being treated at U.S. medical facilities in Afghanistan.
The explosion, near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul during morning rush hour, killed eight Afghan civilians and wounded 28 others.
The ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan, known as ISIS-Khorasan, claimed responsibility for the attack. Last month, ISIS-Khorasan claimed credit for an attack against a major hospital in Kabul, where gunmen disguised as medical personnel killed some 40 people.
Three U.S. service members have been killed in the past month fighting ISIS-Khorasan in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province. Last month the U.S. dropped the largest conventional bomb it ever used in combat, the “mother of all bombs,” against an ISIS-Khorasan tunnel complex in the region.
U.S. forces have been fighting ISIS-Khorasan in Afghanistan since early March as part of the unilateral counterterrorism mission there, Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.
U.S. officials estimate that there are currently near 800 ISIS-Khorasan in Afghanistan, down from 3,000 in 2015. The group is thought to be primarily made up of former members of the Taliban and other terrorist networks in Afghanistan.