Two US Army Rangers who were killed in fighting with Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan this week may have been hit by friendly fire, according to the Pentagon.
Two US Army Rangers killed in Afghanistan this week may have been hit by friendly fire, the Pentagon says.
The soldiers were fatally wounded during a firefight on Wednesday night with Islamic State militants in eastern Afghanistan, US officials said.
The two were identified on Friday as Sgt Joshua Rodgers, 22, and Sgt Cameron Thomas, 23, who were both on their third deployment to Afghanistan.
A bullet grazed a third Ranger but he was expected to make a full recovery.
US Forces in Afghanistan said in a statement: “USFOR-A is investigating the possibility that the two Rangers were accidentally killed by friendly fire during the more than three-hour fight.
“We have informed both of their families of this possibility and we have appointed a team to investigate the soldiers’ deaths.”
Sgt Rodgers, of Bloomington, Illinois, was a Ranger team leader.
Sgt Thomas, of Kettering, Ohio, was an anti-armour specialist.
Both were assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Benning, Georgia.
They were on a mission with Afghan security forces when they came under attack in remote Nangarhar province, near the border with Pakistan.