The five soldiers injured in Wednesday's suicide bombing in Afghanistan are in serious but stable condition Friday, according to the South Carolina National Guard's top officer.
At a press conference in Columbia, Adjutant Gen. Robert Livingston Jr. reported to multiple media outlets that the five soldiers — two from the Midlands, two from the Lowcountry and one from the Upstate — had shrapnel wounds, broken bones and that several amputations have been performed.
Livingston did not name the individuals involved the incident.
Spc. John David Meador II, 36, of Lexington, 1st Lt. Ryan Davis Rawl, 30, also of Lexington and Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford Thomas, 30, of Easley, were killed in Khost City, Khost Province, Afghanistan, when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber.
Livingston said the bodies of the dead will be returned to South Carolina early next week, with funeral arrangements to follow.
“This tragic news is a constant reminder that our men and women in uniform and their families deserve our thanks each and every day," said Gov. Nikki Haley in a statement released on Friday. "We continue to pray for the recovery of the injured and the families of the lost, and South Carolina will now put all of our focus on helping them going forward.”
The eight soldiers were part of the 133rd Military Police Company, commonly called the Palmetto Regulators. The unit is based in Timmonsville.