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Ohio Navy sailor among U.S. troops killed in attack near Kabul airport

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Posted at 9:30 AM, Aug 27, 2021

MILAN, Ohio — A Sandusky-area man serving in the U.S. military was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Edison Local School District said in a statement.

Max Soviak was a sailor in the U.S. Navy who was killed on Thursday due to the attacks on the Kabul airport.

He was a 2017 graduate of Edison High School.

Edison's full statement:

It is with [the] deepest sorrow that I am sharing this news. The Edison Local Schools was informed this morning that Max Soviak, a 2017 graduate of Edison High School, was killed in the suicide bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan yesterday.

Max was a good student who was active in sports and other activities throughout his school career. He was well respected and liked by everyone who knew him. Max was full of life in everything he did. Our schools and local community are mourning the loss of Max. He and his family are in all of our thoughts and prayers.

The family has asked that everyone respect their privacy at this difficult time.

The bombings near the airport on Thursday killed at least 95 Afghans and 13 U.S. Troops.

According to the Associated Press, the 13 service members who died include 10 Marines and one Navy sailor.

Officials believe ISIS-K carried out the attack.

In emotional remarks from the White House on Thursday, President Joe Biden promised retribution for the attack.

On Friday, U.S. military officials now say there was only one explosion during the deadly attack outside the Kabul airport on Thursday, after initially reporting two.

On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said flags would be flown at half-staff until Aug. 30 at the White House and all federal buildings to honor the victims who died in the attack.

Danny Cunningham at WEWS first reported this story.