US death toll from suicide attack in Afghanistan rises to five

Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown (U.S Army photo)

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that Sgt. First Class E. , 46, of Takoma Park, Maryland, died Dec. 6 at Walter Reed National Medical Center of injuries sustained during a suicide bombing.

According to DoD, the soldier was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.

Brown joined the Army in March 2004 as a senior data systems integrator, according to information released  by officials at Fort Hood, Texas.

Brown’s awards include five Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with campaign star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with four campaign stars, and the Korean Defense Service Medal.

Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, California, and Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, Illinois, were killed during the Nov. 12 attack at Bagram Airfield.

The two others killed on the day of the attack were US contractors and at least 17 others including 16 US soldiers and another soldier from Poland were wounded.

The Taliban militant group in Afghanistan claimed responsibility for the attack with the reports suggesting that the suicide bomber was a former Taliban group member who had joined reconciliation process.

The attacker was identified as Qari Enayatullah, whom is believed to have re-entered Afghan society in 2008 under the Afghan reconciliation program.

The Afghan Intelligence and National Directorate of Security (NDS) had warned the US military at least twice before the incident, according to Qatar News Agency.

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