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Pentagon identifies service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan

Pentagon identifies service member killed in apparent insider attack in Afghanistan
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The Pentagon on Sunday identified the U.S. service member killed on Saturday in an apparent insider attack in Afghanistan.

The service member, Cpl. Joseph Maciel, died July 7 from wounds sustained during the attack, according to a statement by the Department of Defense (DOD).

The DOD is investigating the incident.

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Maciel had served in the army for two years and this was his first assignment, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.

“Maciel was an excellent soldier beloved by his teammates and dedicated to our mission,” Lt. Col. David Conner, Maciel’s battalion commander, told the Ledger-Enquirer. “He will be greatly missed by the entire Black Lion family. Our prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Two others were injured in the attack. Though Resolute Support did not give details, a statement by the Taliban said an Afghan soldier fired on American troops in the southern part of the country, according to Reuters.

The attack killed four people and injured several others, according to the statement reported by Reuters.