NYPD detective among 6 American troops killed in Afghanistan

Detective Joseph Lemm
Posted at 10:17 PM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 22:17:00-05

NEW YORK (AP) - A New York City police detective is one of six American troops killed in a suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

Police Commissioner William Bratton on Monday says Detective Joseph Lemm was a 15-year-old veteran of the New York Police Department and worked in the Bronx Warrant Squad.

Bratton says Lemm served in the U.S. National Guard and, while a member of the police force, he had been deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Iraq. He leaves behind a wife and three children.

The troops were killed Monday when an attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into their patrol in a village near the airfield. Two others were wounded along with an Afghan.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility.