Two soldiers of over a dozen wounded in Bagram suicide attack identified

Spc. Winston Hencely and Pfc. Maggie Bilyeu have been identified as wounded during the suicide attack at Bagram Airbase over the weekend.

Two soldiers of the more than a dozen that were wounded during the suicide attack at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan have been identified by their families.

Pfc. Maggie Bilyeu, 26, from Central Illinois is recovering from a broken leg and shrapnel wounds to her chest from the blast.

Bilyeu was airlifted to emergency medical treatment at a U.S base in Germany before being transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland where she underwent surgery Tuesday morning, according to the Herald Review.

She had only been in Afghanistan nine weeks and in the Army for just over a year at the time of the attack. Her cousin told the Herald she had been taking part in a “fun run” on base in honor of Veterans Day when the suicide bomb went off.

When asked if she thought her cousin’s injuries would keep her form returning to Afghanistan, she said, “If they woke her up and got her out of bed, she’d probably try to get back over there right now.”

A 20-year-old soldier, from Georgia, has also been identified as being critically injured during the attack in Afghanistan. Specialist Winston Hencely was identified by his family, who said he is on life support and listed in critical condition.

His sister, Ivey, said he has shown some progress by moving his fingers and toes, but has extensive shrapnel damage to his head, chest and the left side of his body, according to Fox5.

In addition to the more than a dozen injured, two soldiers and two contractors were killed during the deadly attack. It is believed the attacker was given access to the base because he was either a current Afghan employee at the base or a former employee.

According to reports, he re-entered Afghan society in 2008 under the Afghan reconciliation program that allows former Taliban to be reintegrated into society.

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