WASHINGTON — A small number of coalition service members were wounded Friday when a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device hit their patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan, according to a press release from Resolute Support.

It is not known if U.S. service members were among those wounded. Military Times has reached out to officials in Kabul, but officials with Resolute Support said they cannot confirm any further information at this time.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid took to social media and claimed a suicide bomber carried out the attack at Tarnak bridge near Kandahar Airfield, killing seven.

The attack is the third in the last two weeks carried out by the Taliban against coalition forces. A suicide bomber targeted an entry gate to Bagram Airfield on Sept. 6, wounding several U.S. service members and killing an Afghan linguist.

Then again on Sept. 11, a suicide attack targeted a U.S. convoy near Bagram.

The increase in attacks follows U.S. apologies over dropping insensitive propaganda leaflets featuring Quranic scripture superimposed on a white dog. Many Muslims deem dogs to be unclean.

The service members are being treated at the Kandahar Airfield hospital.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

Shawn Snow is the senior reporter for Marine Corps Times and a Marine Corps veteran.

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