A member of the Utah National Guard was killed and at least 11 others were injured Wednesday during a mission battling Islamic State loyalists in eastern Afghanistan.
An unspecified number of Utah Guard members were working alongside members of the Afghan army on a ground mission fighting the Islamic State affiliate in the region, officials said.
The wounded personnel were evacuated for treatment. As next-of-kin notifications continued Wednesday evening, few details were being released — including identities, which unit the members were from, or exactly where they were operating.
Officials said they would provide more information at a Thursday morning news conference; it is possible the tally of those injured would rise, they added.
This is the first Utah National Guard member killed in combat since 2010.
“My heart aches for the loss and sacrifice of our members and their families,” Maj. Gen. Jefferson Burton, adjutant general of the Utah National Guard, said