U.S. Service Member Killed in Afghan Bomb Blast

By Staff | September 30, 2009 | 5:53 AM EDT
Kabul (AP) - An American service member was killed Wednesday in a suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan, officials said.
 
U.S. Forces spokeswoman Capt. Regina Gillis confirmed the death and said the blast happened in Khost province, but she did not have further details.
 
Deputy Provincial Gov. Tahir Khan Sabari said the attacker rammed a car laden with explosives into a convoy of American military vehicles in Mandozai district near the Pakistan border.
 
Insurgents in Afghanistan are increasingly using bomb attacks against international forces, planting explosives on roads frequented by convoys or enlisting young men to drive bombs directly into their targets.
 
Such bombings have been a major cause of the spike in international troop deaths this year. This is already the deadliest year for NATO and U.S. forces since the invasion to topple the Taliban government in 2001.
The attacker rammed a car laden with explosives into a convoy of American military vehicles in Mandozai district near the Pakistan border.