Soldier from Beech Island killed in Afghanistan

  • Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 5:28 p.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 5:52 p.m.
Spec. Ember Alt
Spec. Ember Alt

The Pentagon is reporting an Army soldier from Beech Island is one of four killed near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Spc. Ember Alt of Beech Island was among the soldiers who died Tuesday from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their unit with indirect fire.

Alt died along with 21-year-old Spec. Robert Ellis, of Kennewick, Wash., and 30-year-old Spc. William Moody of Burleson, Texas. The three were with the 4th Infantry Division of Fort Carson, Colo.

The fourth soldier killed was identified as 25-year-old Sgt. Justin Johnson, of Hobe Sound, Fla. He was assigned to the 7th Sustainment Brigade of Fort Eustis, Va.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Wednesday the militants fired two rockets into the Bagram Air Base late on Tuesday.

Pick up a copy of Friday's Aiken Standard for more information on this developing story.

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