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Eight Fort Lewis Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

KUOW | Oct. 28, 2009 8:59 a.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:09 a.m. | Seattle, WA

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Liz Jones By Liz Jones

The military has confirmed that eight soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday were based at Fort Lewis.  KUOW's Liz Jones reports.


Reports from Afghanistan Tuesday revealed that roadside bombs hit two Army vehicles in the southern part of the country.  Today, Fort Lewis officials confirmed the soldiers were part of a Stryker Brigade from the Tacoma base. 

Fort Lewis spokesman Joe Piek says the soldiers were killed in two separate attacks.

Joe Piek: "Seven soldiers were killed when enemy forced attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.  And in a separate incident, another soldier was killed, in a completely separate, unrelated attack. And so that's eight soldiers that were lost from the 5th Stryker Brigade yesterday."

This brigade has been in Afghanistan since July.  These casualties confirmed today bring the unit's official death toll to 26.

The military has not released the soldiers names yet.

October has now become deadliest month for American forces in Afghanistan, since the war started eight years ago.

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