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Three Fort Bragg-based soldiers die in Afghanistan

Posted September 17, 2009 7:11 p.m. EDT
Updated September 18, 2009 4:50 p.m. EDT

— Three Special Forces soldiers were killed Wednesday in Afghanistan after enemy forces attacked their vehicle, the Army announced late Thursday.

The Defense Department statement identified the soldiers as Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Mills, 24, of El Paso, Texas; Sgt. 1st Class Bradley S. Bohle, 29, of Glen Burnie, Md.; and Sgt. 1st Class Shawn P. McCloskey, 33, of Peachtree City, Ga.

All three were assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg.

The military said they died Wednesday in Helmand province when their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device.

The Defense Department reported 969 IED attacks in Afghanistan in August, killing 54 coalition troops. Last August, there were 217 IED attacks that killed 25 troops, officials said.

More than 200 soldiers from Fort Bragg, including 97 Special Forces troops, have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001.

No date has been set for the memorial service on post for Mills, Bohle and McCloskey.