Local Green Beret killed in Niger attack

by | October 11, 2017 3:53 pm

Last Updated: October 11, 2017 at 4:43 pm

by HALEI LAMB

An Emanuel County native, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, has been identified as one of four Green Berets killed in ambush while stationed in West Africa. The attack occurred Wednesday, Oct. 4. He was 29-years-old. Wright and three fellow Green Berets—Sgt. La David Johnson of Florida, Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson of Ohio, and Staff Sgt. Bryan Black of Washington state—had been patrolling with Nigerien forces when they were killed in an ambush. At least four Nigerien soldiers also died. Two other American soldiers were wounded. The approximate 40-50 hostile militants responsible for the attack are suspected to be affiliated with ISIS. According to reports, operations are underway to locate the attackers. U.S. forces were placed in Niger during the Obama administration to provide training and security to indigenous armed forces in an effort to fight violent extremism.

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