Soldier From NC Among The Dead In Taliban Blast

Six U.S. soldiers killed in a weekend enemy bombing in Afghanistan have now been identified as Fort Bliss troops.

A Defense Department statement Wednesday identified the soldiers as Staff. Sgt. Ricardo Seija of Tampa, Fla.; Spc. Erica P. Alecksen of Eatonton, Ga.; Spc. Clarence Williams III of Brooksville, Fla.; Pfc. Trevor B. Adkins of Spring Lake, N.C.; Pfc. Alejandro J. Pardo of Porterville, Calif.; and Pfc. Cameron J. Stambaugh of Spring Grove, Pa. All were assigned to the 978th Military Police Company of the 93rd Military Police Battalion at Fort Bliss.

They died Sunday when their armored vehicle struck an insurgent bomb in Wardak province of eastern Afghanistan, just south of Kabul. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Their bodies will arrive Thursday at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

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The Taliban are claiming responsibility for a roadside bombing that killed six NATO service members in eastern Afghanistan. They say the dead were all American troops.

Monday's statement from Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid says the soldiers died when their tank ran over the bomb around 8 p.m. Sunday in Wardak province, south of Kabul.

NATO would not disclose the nationalities of the service members killed, but Afghan officials said they were American.

Wardak provincial police chief Gen. Abdul Qayum Baqizoi says that after the blast in Jalrez district, a coalition airstrike killed a local Taliban commander and wounded three insurgents.

Also in the east, authorities say a chief prosecutor in Ghazni province was assassinated Monday morning as he drove to work. The Taliban routinely target Afghan government officials.

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A roadside bomb attack has killed six NATO troops in Afghanistan, according to the military alliance.

Officials have not released the identities or nationalities of the victims. Details of the attack are not immediately available.

In just the last two days, eight NATO troops have been killed.

In addition to the NATO troop deaths, several other roadside bombs and clashes have killed at least 24 Afghan civilians and police earlier on Sunday.

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