(The Daily Mail) Two young soldiers who were killed in Iraq during an artillery ‘mishap’ that injured five others have been identified by the Pentagon.
Sgt. Roshain Euvince Brooks, 30, and Spc. Allen Levi Stigler Jr, 22, were involved in a heated battle with ISIS fighters when the accident – details of which have not yet been released – occurred.
‘There is no indication that ISIS had anything to do with this,’ Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning told Army Times. ‘The injured soldiers were [evacuated by air] and two of the soldiers subsequently died.’
Manning said that they had been running a counter-fire operation on an ISIS mortar position when they were killed.
He said he didn’t know whether the accident was due to human error or a misfire in the artillery equipment.
The other five solders’ injuries were not life-threatening, he said, adding that the incident is still under investigation.
Both soldiers were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina.