December 13th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

Several detained after weekend suicide attack

Afghan and coalition forces have detained several people after a weekend suicide attack that killed six Americans, officials said Monday.

The attack took place Sunday in southern Afghanistan and all six NATO service members who were killed were Americans, a U.S. military source said.

In the attack, a suicide bomber driving a minibus attacked a joint NATO and Afghan national army compound, the governor's office in the southern province of Kandahar said.

The vehicle, packed with explosives, detonated next to a small building occupied by troops as part of a newly established combat outpost, according to a U.S. military official. The official declined to be identified because the Army has not yet named the unit or the troops involved, pending notification of relatives.

The blast also killed a child, two Afghan national army soldiers and wounded six other Afghan soldiers, the governor's office said. In addition, seven U.S. Army personnel were wounded in the attack, which also included small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades, according to the military official.

When the attack occurred, the building collapsed on the troops, causing the casualties, the military official said. There are unconfirmed military and media reports that Afghan troops at the site were unable to stop the vehicle when it approached, according to the official. The troops had only been on site for several days, and it was unclear what security measures were in place.

Following the attack, Afghan and coalition forces carried out two operations in Kandahar and Helmand provinces Sunday to look for a person connected to the incident, the International Security Assistance Force said.

The force detained several people in the raids. Asked if the targeted person was among those taken into custody, a spokesman for the U.S. military said officials were "still assessing the individuals detained."

The person who was targeted not only coordinates attacks but also acquires and supplies weapons throughout central Kandahar, the security force said.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Defense Department has identified two Americans who died Wednesday of wounds suffered when an insurgent attacked their unit with a bomb.

The victims are Sgt. James A. Ayube II, 25, of Salem, Massachusetts; and Spc. Kelly J. Mixon, 23, of Yulee, Florida, the U.S. defense department said.

The soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany.

CNN's Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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  1. LarryKegel(US Army)

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  2. LarryKegel(US Army)

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  3. RF101 ABN DIV (AASLT)

    I was a few miles away from the VBIED blast on Sunday, working with my friends. We all felt it, it was enormous, I mean you could feel it through the hescos at the back of HEM where we were working, the strong point was at least a mile up the road from us at the time. I had no idea that the attack suffered so many casualties though. It makes me so angry to read this, but this kind of thing happens all the time here so I cannot say that I am surprised. We've all lost friends out here, but unfortunately that's just part of the game that we live with until they send us back home.

    December 15, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      That must of been Scary??? I sure wouldn't want to be that close!!!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
      • RF 101ABN DIV (AASLT)

        I'm not quite sure what you meant by your comment. That's a negative on scary if you are indeed a soldier out here with us you know that it gets so much worse than this. My post was only an illustration of how powerful the shock from the VBIED was.
        If you are a POG that sits inside the wire and you really think this would be scary, but have no active combat experience and have never been in a real firefight. my apologies, just clarifying.

        December 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      I agree with you the bloodhsed has got to stop and I want to thank all the men and women who work in the Armed forces for their services

      December 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jean Chester

    My God when will this killing stop? Young men and children and women Lives cut short because a select few think their ideas are more important then human life. Dear Father in Heaven Please Stop the bloodshed of American lives in this country.

    December 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Joan,I agree with you 150%! This obscene killing needs to stop and the right-wing idiots ignored and that's all there is to it!

      December 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette, IN

        Sorry,I meant to say Jean.

        December 14, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe


        December 15, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jack

        Oh, so only American lives matter?

        December 19, 2010 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      If We took Our Troops out it would get worse not better!!! We have to sop Them all together for it to stop...

      December 18, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gary Johndro


    December 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |