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12 US service members killed, 15 wounded in attack on Kabul airport


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WASHINGTON — Twelve U.S. service members were killed and 15 others were wounded Thursday in a terrorist attack at the airport in Kabul, where U.S. and coalition forces have been evacuating tens of thousands of Americans and Afghans since the Taliban took control of the country nearly two weeks ago, said Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. commander in the region.

Suicide bombers launched two attacks as the troops who were killed and injured screened evacuees at an airport gate, said McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command.

Defense officials did not provide the service branches of the troops killed, though The Associated Press reported 11 Marines and one Navy corpsman had died from the attack.

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