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Army paratrooper stabbed to death in Afghanistan

SFC Matthew I. Leggett
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This afternoon, the Department of Defense announced the death of Army Sgt. First Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, who was killed by an enemy combatant while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

SFC Leggett of Ruskin, Florida, died Aug. 20, 2014, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of injuries received when he was engaged by the enemy. According to KPBS News in San Diego, SFC Leggett died of stab wounds to his neck when he was attacked near the Kabul airport. The incident is under investigation by the military.

According to the New York Times, Kabul police stated that “a man identified only as a foreign citizen was involved in an argument with a taxi driver on Airport Road outside Kabul International Airport. Another man showed up with a knife and slit the throat of the foreigner who was arguing with the taxi driver”.

A foreign woman is said to have helped the stabbing victim back into the car. He was immediately taken to a local hospital where his life could not be saved.

One report indicated the killer escaped on a motorcycle; however another news source states that Kabul police arrested the attacker identified as a low-level Taliban operative who confessed to killing the Army paratrooper.

SFC Leggett was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. His death brings to 2,200 the number of U.S. troops killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

DVIDS has re-released a Christmas video Matthew Leggett sent to his family from Forward Operating Base Cobra, Iraq, in 2010. View his video here.

The family has not yet released details regarding funeral services for their Soldier. He is survived by both his mother and father.

Additional information on this Soldier, including previous deployments and commendations, is available to media sources by contacting the XVIII Airborne Corps public affairs office at 910-908-5006 or after duty hours at 910-633-9221 at Fort Bragg.

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