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American among three killed in Kabul suicide bomb attack

Omar Sobhani / Reuters

U.S. trucks lift a bomb-damaged vehicle in Kabul, Friday.

KABUL, Afghanistan – An American was among three NATO military personnel killed by a suspected suicide bomb attack on a convoy on the eastern outskirts of Kabul Friday, according to U.S. and local officials.

The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said it a statement that the bomb was a “suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device,” but did not give the nationalities of those involved, in accordance with policy.

However, a senior U.S. military official told NBC News one of the three was an American.

A Taliban spokesman claimed responsibility in a message on his Twitter account, according to Reuters.

The attack comes as President Hamid Karzai deliberates over an agreement allowing U.S. forces to stay in the country beyond 2014.

Courtney Kube reported from Washington. Reuters contributed to this report.

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