FORT HOOD, Texas (AP/KXAN) — A soldier from Fort Hood died in an attack this week in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul.
The Defense Department says 26-year-old Sgt. Douglas J. Riney of Fairview, Ill. and 40-year-old Michael Sauro, an Army civilian employee from Oklahoma, were the two killed in the Oct. 20 attack. The DoD says the two encountered hostile enemy forces. NATO and an Afghan official said a man wearing an Afghan army uniform had killed a U.S. service member and an American civilian Wednesday in Kabul.
Riney was assigned to Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. He was in Afghanistan as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Sauro was assigned to Defense Ammunition Center, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Oklahoma.
According to the DoD, as of Oct. 20, 2016, 25 service members have died as part of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. As part of Operation Enduring Freedom, 2,216 military casualties have been reported.