Americans killed by bomb in Afghanistan

The militants launched their assault ahead of a widely expected spring offensive

Three US service members and a contractor were killed and three other soldiers injured near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in a blast from an improvised explosive device, the US military has said.

Three other American servicemembers were wounded in the attack, which occurred late Monday near one of the Bagram Air Field's gates, the military's Resolute Support command said in a statement.

Authorities in Afghanistan say the latest military-led offensives, backed by coalition airpower, have killed almost 100 Taliban insurgents and injured dozens more in a bid to reclaim full control of a volatile district in western Badghis province.

Earlier, the Taliban claimed to have conducted an attack with a auto bomb, saying "multiple invaders" had been killed.

Three other service members were hurt, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance said.

It said that the name of the service members killed in action are being withheld until 24 hours after notification of next of kin, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy.

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Earlier three people were killed in twin explosions in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad.

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The Taliban have continued to carry out daily attacks on Afghan security forces despite holding several rounds of peace talks with the United States in recent months.

A series of U.S. -Taliban meetings has raised hopes that a political solution might finally be achieved almost 20 years after U.S. military forces entered Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks.

Meanwhile, the Taliban have agreed to take part in an all-Afghan gathering later this month in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office.

A smaller number of USA troops operate in Afghanistan under a counter-terrorism mission. But the Taliban say they will not recognize any government official attending the gathering as a representative of the Kabul government, only as an individual Afghan participant.

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