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World

29 Aug 2021

13 US troops killed in Afghan Attack; Family Members Grief-stricken

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Two suicide bombers attacked crowds at Kabul’s airport, killing at least 60 civilians and 13 U.S troops. The attack came soon after warnings were received, leading to more chaos and desperation to evacuate people from the facility. It has been revealed that Islamic State militants have claimed responsibility for the attack.

Among the US troops killed in the blast was Lance Corporal Kareem Nikoui, a 20-year-old marine who sent videos home of himself giving candy to afghan kids’ just days before he died.

The U.S Defense Department released the names of 13 service members who were killed in the attack. Two were women, Marine Corps Sgt. Nicole L. Gee from Sacramento CA, and Marine Corps Sgt. Johnny Rosario Pichardo from Lawrence, MA.

Nicole Gee had been active on social media and posted pictures of herself holding an infant, stating in the caption that she loves her job.

Others killed in the blast included Rylee McCollum from Wyoming. He was due to be a father in three weeks, according to his sister who posted on Facebook. She also stated, “He wanted to be a marine his whole life and carried around his rifle in his diapers and cowboy boots.” McCollum played football in high school and also enjoyed wrestling.

Another member, Max Soviak’s death was confirmed via Twitter by U.S Senator Rob Portman. He was a Navy medic and has been described by his sister as being a wonderful and kind-hearted brother. Novak’s last post from June 10th said, “It’s kill or be killed, definitely trynna be on the kill site.”

Hunter Lopez was also among the fallen, the son of a captain and deputy in the Riverside Country, CA. Hunter had planned on becoming a deputy and follow the footsteps of his parents. Others killed included Sergeant Taylor Hoover from Utah and Jared Schmitz.

© Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Staff Sgt. Victor Mancilla/Handout via REUTERS

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