U.S. toll in Afghan attack delayed a day
KABUL, Afghanistan — Four American service members were wounded Wednesday in the same suicide bombing near the city of Kandahar in which two U.S. service members were killed, the U.S. military in Afghanistan said Thursday.
The Thursday statement said the service members’ injuries were not considered life-threatening.
The statement on the American casualty tolls in the attack in southern Afghanistan was delayed a day, reflecting an emerging disagreement over how the military should handle information about American casualties.
In Wednesday’s attack, a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden car into a NATO convoy outside Kandahar. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack.
Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has ordered the new procedure in releasing casualty tolls, prompting criticism about giving the public less information and transparency.
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