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NYPD detective among 6 American troops killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

This photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows Detective Joseph Lemm. Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, that Lemm is one of six American troops killed in a suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. (New York City Police Department via AP)

This photo provided by the New York City Police Department shows Detective Joseph Lemm. Police Commissioner William Bratton said on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, that Lemm is one of six American troops killed in a suicide attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. (New York City Police Department via AP)  (The Associated Press)

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 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.