4 Americans Killed in Afghanistan During Veteran’s Day Run
By JAMES GORDON MEEK LUIS MARTINEZ ALEEM AGHA
Nov 13, 2016
Afghan security personnel keep watch near the largest US military base in Bagram, north of Kabul, after an explosion, Nov. 12, 2016.Four Americans were killed and 17 troops and contractors were wounded while participating in a Veterans Day 5K run when an apparent lone attacker managed to detonate a deadly bomb inside the sprawling Bagram military base in Afghanistan yesterday, counterterrorism officials told ABC News today.
The U.S. military's Operation Resolute Support provided few details beyond confirming that a blast inside the base had left two U.S. service members and two American contractors dead along with 16 American troops and a Polish trooper wounded.
Bagram Airfield is home to nearly 14,000 military forces and contractors.
But officials in Washington and various U.S. military commands have been told that the victims were participating in a 5K run celebrating Veterans Day, two counterterrorism officials told ABC News.
A coalition official later told ABC News that the attacker used a belt or vest bomb in the attack.
The attacker was a former Taliban militant who had joined the peace process in 2008 and had since taken a job at the base, Bagram District Governor Haji Abdul Shokor Qudosi told ABC News on Sunday.
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DoD Identifies Army Casualties
Release No: NR-406-16
Nov. 14, 2016
The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. They died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. The soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, California
Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Illinois