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Soldier from Maryland killed in Afghanistan

Soldier from Maryland killed in Afghanistan
Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan on October 4. [Credit: Army handout]

A Special Forces soldier from Maryland was killed in a bomb attack in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Wednesday.

Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Takoma Park died Tuesday in Nangarhar province from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device that exploded during dismounted operations against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, officials said. The incident is under investigation.

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Thomas was a medic assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Col., officials said.

Earlier, U.S. Forces Afghanistan said a U.S. service member had died from wounds sustained during operations in the Achin district of Nangarhar province.

The service member was killed conducting operations with Afghan forces when the patrol triggered an I.E.D., officials said. The mission was part of a larger United States-Afghan counter terrorism mission targeting the Islamic State.

"We are heartbroken by this loss and we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the service member," said Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan. "Despite this tragic event, we remain committed to defeating the terrorists of the Islamic State, Khorasan Province and helping our Afghan partners defend their nation."

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday ordered the Maryland flag lowered to half staff immediately. The flag is to be returned to full staff at sunset on Saturday.

Thomas is the first Marylander to die in combat this year, and the first to die in Afghanistan in nearly two years. Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner of Nanticoke died in a bomb attack in Kabul in November 2014.

Thomas joined the Army in April 2008 and deployed to Iraq that year, according to Army records. He was on his second deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed.

He earned a Bronze Star and a purple heart among other decorations.

Two others service members from the state have died this year in non-combat incidents.

Airman 1st Class Nathaniel H. McDavitt of Glen Burnie died in a building collapse in Jordan in April. Pfc. Victor J. Stanfill of Fulton died in May during a training exercise with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Polk, La.

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