A Nebraska native was among the six United States service members killed Monday in a suicide attack near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
45-year-old Tech. Sgt. Joseph Lemm died when a motorcycle loaded down with explosives rammed into a joint patrol of NATO and Afghan military. The explosion also wounded two other Americans and one Afghan soldier.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility.
The motorcycle targeted a foot patrol moving through a village not far from the base, located about 30 miles north of Kabul.
A coalition of government forces has been fighting the Taliban for control of a strategic district in a southern province.
A report released by the Pentagon warned that security in Afghanistan would deteriorate as a “resilient Taliban-led insurgency remains an enduring threat to U.S., coalition, and Afghan forces, as well as to the Afghan people.”
The United States has a little under 10,000 troops in Afghanistan. Combined with NATO forces, there are about 13,000 foreign troops aiding the Afghan military.