Taliban claim attack that killed US soldier

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KABUL The Taliban on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack that killed a US service member, saying insurgents also wounded several American and Afghan troops. In a WhatsApp message to AFP, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said insurgents “blew up an American vehicle in Char Dara district of Kunduz” late Sunday night. A US military statement confirmed the attack, without providing further details. The statement did not identify the US soldier or say where in Afghanistan the service member was killed. It stressed that in accordance with US Department of Defense policy, names of service member killed in action are being withheld for 24 hours, until the notification of the family is completed. Last month, two US service members were killed in Afghanistan when their helicopter crashed in eastern Logar province.