Joseph W Riley
Grove City, Ohio
November 24, 2014
Killed in Kabul, Afghanistan, when the enemy attacked their vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.
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Central Ohio Soldier Killed In Afghanistan
|From The Chicago Tribune chicagotribune.com 11/24/14:
2 U.S. soldiers killed in bombing in Afghanistan capital
By Tribune wire report
Two U.S. soldiers were killed when their vehicle was hit by a bomb in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, officials and sources said.
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"It was a magnetic bomb," said Interior Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi. "It was either attached to the vehicle belonging to the foreigners or it was planted and detonated remotely."
The Taliban insurgents, ousted from power by a U.S.-led coalition in 2001, could not immediately be reached for comment.
The ISAF international military coalition in Afghanistan gave no details of the attack but said in a statement two of its service members were killed in the area on Monday.
A Western security source told Reuters the victims were American. Another source said at least three civilians were also killed.
The bombing comes a day after a suicide bomber walked into a crowd at a volleyball match and detonated his explosives vest, killing 45.
Mukhles Afghan, spokesman for the governor of Paktika province, said at least 50 more were wounded in the attack in Yahya Khel district, where residents had gathered to watch a tournament final.
He said most of the casualties were civilians.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack.
Casualties were high because the crowd was so dense, since people had come from nearby districts to cheer on their team. No other details were immediately available because of the remoteness of the location.
The Taliban and other jihadist militants have unleashed waves of suicide attacks in Afghanistan this year as foreign forces pull out after 13 years of war.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach condemned the "cowardly" attack.
"It is an attack on sport itself and on the positive values it can bring to help build strong communities and foster peace and reconciliation around the world," he said in a statement.
The Taliban banned public sports events as un-Islamic during their five-year rule before the 2001 U.S.-led intervention that toppled them from power after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on U.S. cities.
Paktika province has an active Afghan Taliban insurgent presence and lies along the porous border with Pakistan's North Waziristan region, used as a base by both the Haqqani militant network and the Pakistani branch of the Taliban.
The Pakistani army for months has been waging an offensive against militants in North Waziristan, driving refugees and militant fighters across the border into Afghanistan.
This year has been one of the bloodiest for Afghan civilians, according to the United Nations, which recorded nearly 5,000 deaths and injuries of civilians in the first half of the year.
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