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Number of US troops killed in Kabul bombing increases to 13, at least 18 more injured

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At least 13 US service members were killed and 18 more injured Thursday in the suicide bombing at Kabul's airport, US military officials said.

The Pentagon said earlier that “a number of US service members” were killed and several others were injured.

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“We can confirm that a number of US service members were killed in today’s complex attack at Kabul airport,” Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.

“A number of others are being treated for wounds,” he said, adding that a number of Afghans fell victim to “this heinous attack.”

The Wall Street Journal first reported that the US ambassador in Kabul said four Marines were killed and three others were injured. But Fox News later reported that at least 10 Marines were killed, with the number expected to continue rising.

Thursday was the first time US troops were reported to be killed in combat since February 2020.

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