Afghan Taliban bomber kills six US troops as violence rises

A US soldier patrols a village outside Bagram airbase on the outskirts of KabulA motorcycle-riding Taliban suicide bomber killed six US soldiers near Kabul, in a brazen attack as the resurgent militant group battled to seize a key southern district in Afghanistan’s opium-growing heartland. The bombing during a joint patrol with Afghan forces near Bagram, the largest US military base in Afghanistan, marks one of the deadliest attacks on foreign troops in the country this year. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault, which underscores a worsening security situation a year after NATO formally ended its combat operations in Afghanistan.

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