U.S. toll in Afghan at­tack de­layed a day

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

AP/CARO­LINE SPIEZIO

Scaf­fold­ing hugs El­iz­a­beth Tower, which in­cludes the leg­endary Big Ben, as preser­va­tion ef­forts take place Thurs­day at the Palace of West­min­ster in Lon­don.

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