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Four U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan

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  • Four U.S. service members killed in fighting in eastern Afghanistan
  • Two people killed in explosion at Kabul International Airport, six wounded
  • Official: Suicide bomber struck near gate of military section of airport
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KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Four U.S. service members were killed in fighting Tuesday in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said.

An Interior Ministry official said the victims of the suicide bomb blast at Kabul airport were all civilians.

An Interior Ministry official said the victims of a suicide bomb blast at Kabul airport were all civilians.

The deaths took place in Kunar province in what a spokeswoman called an "ongoing event."

Troop deaths have mounted in Afghanistan this year as American and other international forces have stepped up their fight against the Taliban.

August was the deadliest month for the U.S. military in the nearly eight-year-old war, with 52 fatalities. The four deaths on Tuesday bring the number of U.S. troop deaths in Afghanistan to 13 in September.

Elsewhere, a suicide bomber killed two people and wounded six others Tuesday morning in the Kabul airport's military section, Afghan officials said.

U.S. and Belgian nationals were among the wounded, a Western diplomatic official told CNN. The victims were all civilians, the Interior Ministry official said.

The blast occurred near a gate at Kabul International Airport, said Zamari Bashari, a representative of Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior.

NATO forces fighting in Afghanistan and other government organizations use the military side of the airport.

In Pakistan, eight tankers carrying fuel for NATO forces over the border in Afghanistan were attacked near Quetta, according to Quetta police. People on motorcycles fired shots at the tankers when they were parked at a rest area, but they did not catch fire, police said.

CNN's Atia Abawi contributed to this report.

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