June 20, 2013 in City

Kennewick native killed in Afghanistan

Associated Press

A soldier from Kennewick was among four U.S. servicemen killed in an attack on the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan Tuesday, according to the Pentagon.

The Kennwick soldier is 21-year-old Spc. Robert W. Ellis.

Also killed were 30-year-old Spc. William R. Moody of Burleson, Texas; 25-year-old Sgt. Justin R. Johnson of Hobe Sound, Fla.; and 21-year-old Spc. Ember M. Alt of Beech Island, S.C.

Johnson served with the 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Fort Eustis, Va. The others served with the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colo.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the Tuesday attack. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said Wednesday the militants fired two rockets into the Bagram Air Base late on Tuesday.

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