Published: Mon, August 07, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan identified

Two US soldiers killed in Afghanistan identified

The Pentagon on Thursday identified the two USA soldiers killed Wednesday in southern Afghanistan when their convoy was hit by a vehicle packed with explosives.

Both paratroopers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C. The attack also killed one Georgian soldier and two Afghan civilians.

The Taliban has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

The statement says 23-year-old Sgt. Jonathan Michael Hunter of Columbus, Ind., and 25-year-old Spc.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation officials in Afghanistan said four other soldiers were wounded, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening, the Observer reported.

Before Jonathon Hunter's death, 207 Indiana service members had died since 2002 in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq, or supporting those operations, said Tim Dyke, director of training and services Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs. Jonathon Michael Hunter, who were killed in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday, the Fayetteville Observer in North Carolina reported.

Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, left, and Spc.

"Chris lost his life by a Taliban suicide bomber in Afghanistan on August 2, 2017, along with another great American soldier", the GoFundMe page for Harris states.

"Columbus East High School & The Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation are proud of the commitment and dedication of these two young men in service to their country", the statement says.

In addition to Harris and Hunter's deaths, four US soldiers were injured in the attack. He was revered by his Paratroopers and respected throughout his unit.

Harris joined the Army in 2013 and Hunter in 2014, the release said.

Both men were on their first deployment. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Hunter family, friends, the Columbus East community, and the BCSC community during this hard time". They will always be a part of the legacy of the Devil Brigade and their memory lives on in the hearts and minds of their fellow Paratroopers.

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