Attack in Afghanistan killed Illinois soldier, Oklahoma man

UPDATE (KWQC) — Michael G. Sauro, the Army civilian who was killed in Kabul earlier this week, was a graduate of Savanna High School in Savanna, Ill. He was also an alumni of Illinois State University, where in his senior year, he served as an intern in the sports department here at KWQC-TV6.

Michael Sauro
Michael Sauro

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FAIRVIEW, Ill. (AP) – The Defense Department has identified a U.S. soldier from Illinois and an Army civilian employee from Oklahoma as those killed in an attack this week in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul.

The military says in a statement 26-year-old Sgt. Douglas J. Riney of Fairview, Illinois, and 40-year-old Michael G. Sauro of McAlester, Oklahoma, died in Kabul of wounds received from encountering hostile enemy forces. The statement says they died Thursday.

Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Illinois, died Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds received from encountering hostile enemy forces.
Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, Illinois, died Thursday in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds received from encountering hostile enemy forces. (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense)

NATO and an Afghan official earlier said a man wearing an Afghan army uniform had killed a U.S. service member and an American civilian Wednesday in Kabul.

The Defense Department says Riney was assigned to Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas. Sauro was assigned to Defense Ammunition Center, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant in McAlester, Oklahoma.

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