Kandahar Province, Afghanistan--The Department of Defense announced today the death of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
Both soldiers were killed in action yesterday when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. The soldiers were conducting operations as part of NATO's Resolute Support Mission. The incident is under investigation.
The two soldiers were identified as 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin of Newport News, Virginia; and 21-year-old Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon of Aurora, Illinois, the Pentagon said. Both were assigned to 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The Taliban took responsibility for Saturday's attack, which injured two other American soldiers. A Taliban spokesman, Qari Yusouf Ahmadi, said it occurred in the southern Kandahar province.