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Pentagon identifies two Army casualties in Afghanistan

080317 OBrien - DoD IDs Army Casualties
A U.S. military helicopter flies over the site of a suicide bomb that struck a NATO convoy in Kandahar south of Kabul on Wednesday. A suicide bomber struck a NATO convoy near the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Wednesday, causing casualties, the U.S. military said. (AP Photo)

The Department of Defense identified two soldiers killed in Kandahar, Afghanistan, on Wednesday.

In a news release, the Pentagon announced the deaths of Sgt. Jonathon Michael Hunter, 23, of Indiana and Spc. Christopher Michael Harris, 25, of North Carolina.

The soldiers died on Wednesday as a result of damage from an improvised explosive device near their convoy.

Both soldiers participated in Operation Freedom's Sentinel and had been assigned to 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.

The incident remains under investigation.

Earlier on Thursday, the Pentagon announced the death of a U.S. airman in Kuwait.