KABUL, Afghanistan (October 1, 2012)--Three U.S. troops and their Afghan translator were among at least 14 people killed by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle Monday in Afghanistan, officials said.
The bomber rammed his bike into a joint Afghan-American patrol, officials said.
NATO confirmed only that three service members and their translator died and wasn’t confirming the nationalities of the dead.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, which came a day after the U.S. death toll in the war in Afghanistan reached 2,000 troops.
The joint patrols like the one that was the target of Monday’s attack are considered crucial to the training of Afghanistan's security forces, but they have been cut back after a string of insider shootings of international troops by their Afghan allies.
A provincial government spokesman said the bomber struck a group of Afghan police and U.S. troops shortly after they got out of their vehicles to walk through a market area.
In addition to the Americans and their translator, the spokesman says six civilians and four police officers were killed in the blast.