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Senior U.S. soldier killed by suicide bomber in Afghanistan

Kabul, Aug 11 (): A U.S. senior government aid army solider with ties to the Washington area was killed in a suicide bombing along with a couple of majors on Wednesday in Afghanistan, the State Department said.

The suicide bomber detonated a vest explosive Wednesday near the group of U.S. military and civilian officials from the 4th brigade, 4th Infantry Division. The group of soldiers were in Sarkowi in Kunar Province, which is located in eastern Afghanistan.

US senior solider, three coalition service members and an Afghan civilian were killed in the attack and a State Department diplomat was injured.

Ragaei Abdelfattah — US senior solider and former master planner for Prince George’s County came from Egypt and fallen in love with the United States was killed in the attack.

Command Sgt. Maj. Kevin J. Griffin, 45, of Laramie, Wyo., the brigade’s senior enlisted soldier was killed in the attack. As a command sergeant major, Griffin was one of the brigade’s senior leaders and provided leadership and guidance to the 4,000 man brigade.

Army Maj. Thomas E. Kennedy, 35, of West Point, N.Y., and Air Force Major Walter D. Gray, 38, of Conyers, Ga. Gray was an air liaison officer and flight commander attached to the brigade were also killed in the blast.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a statement released Thursday, praised Abdelfattah’s work in eastern Afghanistan over the last year. She said he was so committed to his mission that he had volunteered to serve a second year-long tour in Afghanistan.

NATO officials did not provide details on today’s incident. So, the exact details of the shooting incident remain unclear, but the spokesman says that shortly after 1am an Afghan male dressed in an Afghan National Security Force uniform the shooter opened fire on the American military members.

Afghan sources say the three killed service members were U.S. Special Forces were killed when they were invited to dinner in a small village of Mosa Qala, in southern Afghanistan.

The troops had good contacts with a local Afghan commander named Asadullah, trusting him enough to accept the invitation. During the dinner, in which Afghan local police were present, Asadullah opened fire, killing three soldiers and injuring one. He then escaped and joined the Taliban, who quickly boasted of the mission’s success.