CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – One of the service members killed in Thursday’s suicide bomb attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan had served in the Fort Bragg Special Force, the 1st Special Forces Command posted on its Twitter feed late Saturday.
23-year-old Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Knauss of Tennessee was among the 13 servicemembers killed. Knauss had been a member of the 1st Special Forces Command in Fort Bragg.
“Ryan was the embodiment of an Army Special Operations Forces soldier, a testament to the professionalism of the non-commissioned officer corps, and a steadfast husband and teammate. His loss is devastating to our formation and Army family.” –@8thPSYOPgroup’s Col. Jeremy Mushtare
The death toll in Thursday’s suicide bomb rose to 169 Afghans, a number that could increase as authorities examine fragmented remains, and 13 U.S. service members.
U.S. Central Command said American officials believed the militant killed in Saturday’s drone strike had been involved in planning strikes against the United States in Kabul, and that there were no other known casualties.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.