Soldier From Montgomery Co. Killed on Patrol in Afghanistan

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Pentagon says a soldier from Maryland was killed after being hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan while on patrol with Afghan forces in a northeastern province bordering Pakistan.

The Department of Defense said in a news release that Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Takoma Park, Maryland, died Tuesday in Nangarhar Province. Officials say Thomas died from wounds sustained when his patrol triggered an improvised explosive device.

Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart told WTOP that she had received the information during a city council meeting and said, “A loss like this for our community is a great one.”

She added, “Takoma Park is a very close-knit community and I’ve already started receiving emails from residents who didn’t know Staff Sgt. Thomas, but who have reached out to make sure that we were aware of his death as well as to ask is there something we can do in the city to remember him.”

Thomas was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, Colorado.

WTOP’s Keara Dowd contributed to this report.

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