Lieutenant Colonel From Paducah Killed in Afghanistan Attack

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By WSIL Manager

WSIL-- On Sunday, the Department of Defense announced the death of an airman from Paducah, who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Lt. Col. John D. Loftis, 44, of Paducah, Ky., died Feb. 25 from wounds received during an attack at the Interior Ministry, Kabul, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron, Kabul, Afghanistan.

Loftis was one of two military officials killed Sunday.

Loftis' family members are currently on their way to Dover, Delaware to retrieve his body.

According to the Associated Press, The Taliban claimed responsibility and said the killings were in retaliation for what U.S. officials called an inadvertent burning of Afghan religious materials, including Qurans, at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul.

Saturday's shootings prompted the unprecedented recall of NATO personnel working inside Afghan ministries.

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