MAIMANAH, Afghanistan -- Three members of the Ohio National Guard were killed during an enemy attack in Northern Afghanistan, the Department of Defense confirmed Thursday.
According to the DOD, on April 4, the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team was hit by a "suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device" (IED), that killed three members and injured several others.
Columbus television station WBNS (10TV News) reports that a suicide bomber on a motorcycle is responsible for the attack which killed 13 people at a park in a fairly peaceful part of Afghanistan. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is part of a 2,500 member unit head quartered in Columbus, Ohio. National Guard Capt. Matt Molinski said that all members of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were from Ohio.
According to the Department of Defense, the three Ohioans killed were Sgt. 1st Class Shawn Hannon, 44, of Grove City; Captain Nick Rozanski, 36, of Dublin; and Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Rieck, 45, of Columbus.
Molinski said the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team was deployed to Afghanistan in late 2011 and early 2012. The unit was there to assist and advise Afghan national police and security.
Governor John Kasich on Thursday shared his condolences in the following tweet:
"Saddened to learn of the attack on OH Nat'l Guardsmen in Afghanistan. Ohio has lost 3 brave souls. Prayers go out to the families."