NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday “strongly condemned” yesterday’s attack on a NATO convoy in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan, which left two U.S. soldiers dead and four more wounded.
“This cowardly and brutal attack will not deter us in our mission to help the Afghan security forces stabilise their country, and prevent it from ever again becoming a safe haven for international terrorism,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.
The Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan released the casualty tolls after a one day delay.
“Resolute Support can confirm that two U.S. soldiers were killed and four U.S. soldiers were wounded in an attack on a NATO convoy in Kandahar province on yesterday afternoon.”
The statement says the wounds of the four soldiers are not life threatening.
In yesterday’s attack, a suicide attacker hit his explosives laden car into a NATO convoy outside Kandahar.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing.
There are about 13,500 U.S. and NATO troops currently in Afghanistan. The U.S. administration is thinking about whether to send extra U.S. troops to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and other insurgent groups.