Deadly Attack on US Troops – Pakistan’s military chief condemned – VOA

U.S. troops assess the damage to an armored vehicle of a NATO-led military coalition after a suicide bomber's attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2017.

U.S. troops assess the damage to an armored vehicle of a NATO-led military coalition after a suicide bomber’s attack in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2017.

In a rare move, Pakistan’s military chief Thursday condemned as terrorism a Taliban attack in neighboring Afghanistan in which two U.S. troops were killed and four others wounded.

The denunciation by General Qamar Javed Bajwa came on a day when the U.S. special envoy for the region, Alice Wells, began a two-day official visit to Islamabad to discuss ways to end the armed Afghan conflict, among other issues.

“We fully understand the loss and pain of victims’ families as Pakistan is undergoing a similar trail of blood in the fight against a common threat of terrorism,” a Pakistani army statement quoted Bajwa as saying.

The general offered “heartfelt” condolences on the death of the two U.S. soldiers.

The Islamist Taliban swiftly took credit for Wednesday’s attack in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, saying one of its suicide bombers drove his explosives-packed car into the convoy.

A Taliban spokesman says 15 soldiers belonging to “foreign occupation forces,” including two “high-ranking” officers, were killed. The insurgent group refers to the U.S.-led NATO military mission in Afghanistan as occupation forces.

The Taliban routinely exaggerates casualty figures when making such claims.

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