3 North Carolina soldiers killed by suicide bomber overseas

Credit: AP

Afghan police secure the site of a suicide bombing in Khost, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Oct. 1, 2012. The suicide bomber was driving a motorcycle packed with explosives and rammed it into a patrol of Afghan and international forces, killing over a dozen people, including three NATO service members and their translator, official said. (AP Photo/Nashanuddin Khan)


by WCNC.com Staff


Posted on October 2, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 4:39 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Three North Carolina soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan on Monday.

Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison of Maysville,  Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford and  Sgt. Thomas J. Butler of Wilmington were all killed while serving with U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

Their remains will arrive at the Dover Air Force Base Tuesday night around 7 p.m.

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a motorcycle packed with explosives into a joint U.S.-Afghan patrol, killing 14 people including the three Americans.

Among those killed was Butler, who had only been in Afghanistan for a little more than two weeks.

Butler leaves behind a wife and their 6-month-old baby, who was named after Butler.

Family members said this November would have marked his fourth wedding anniversary.

More than 60 Afghan civilians were also wounded in the bombing, the governor's office said in a statement.  Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said in text messages to media that the insurgent group was behind the attack.