CNN reported that three US service members were killed by an improvised explosive device near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on Monday, April 8th, according to the US military. Three other US service members were wounded.
The Taliban claimed credit for the attack, which involved a car bomb targeting a US military convoy near one of America's largest military facilities in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, 43, of Newark, Delaware; Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York; and Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, Pennsylvania—all members of the 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve—a lost their lives in the attack.
Staff Sgt. Slutman was a decorated 15-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. He was scheduled to return home to his wife and three children by the end of the month.
These three deaths now up the number of American troops killed in Afghanistan to seven this year during the U.S.'s longest war, now in its 18th year. Last year, 13 US service members were killed in Afghanistan.