US officials: 3 US troops killed in Afghan attack

Associated Press
A burqa-clad Afghan woman walks past a police station which was attacked by militants in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, June 19, 2012. Afghan authorities say militants have attacked a police checkpoint in southern Afghanistan, Tuesday, killing several policemen and wounding others. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)
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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — American officials say three U.S. service members and an Afghan interpreter have been killed in a blast that also left 17 Afghans dead in eastern Afghanistan.

The U.S. Embassy said Wednesday that three NATO service members and an Afghan interpreter died in the explosion. A U.S. official speaking anonymously to discuss casualties ahead of the official release says that the foreign troops killed were Americans.

Afghan officials said the strike in Khost province was a suicide bomber who rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a military convoy.

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