U.S. service member, civilian killed in attack near Kabul base

A map showing the Afghan capital of Kabul. Credit: NBC News via Google

KABUL, Afghanistan (NBC) — Two Americans — a service member and a civilian — were killed in a attack near a coalition base in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.

It was perpetrated by an “unknown assailant who was later killed,” according to a statement by U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, which did not give any more details about the nature of the attack.

“An investigation is being conducted to determine the exact circumstances of the event,” the statement said.

The military said another U.S. service member and two American civilians were wounded and in a stable condition.

The victims were conducting duties as part of NATO’s wider mission to “train, advise and assist” the Afghan security forces in their ongoing fight against the Taliban and other groups. The military did not specify in what capacity the civilians were involved in the mission.

“Anytime we lose a member of our team, it is deeply painful,” said General John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support. “Our sympathies go out to the families, loved ones, and the units of those involved in this incident.”