FDNY firefighter among 3 Americans killed in Afghanistan bombing

Adam Warner
April 09, 2019 - 6:35 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) – A decorated New York City firefighter who received an award for rescuing a woman from a burning Bronx building was among three Americans killed in a bomb attack outside Kabul on Monday, officials said.

Christopher Slutman, a U.S. Marine and FDNY firefighter at Ladder 27 in the Bronx, was killed in the bombing of a convoy near the Bagram Air Base north of the Afghan capital, according to the FDNY.

Slutman was a married father of three who earned a Fire Chiefs Association Memorial Medal in 2014 for rescuing an unconscious woman from an apartment fire in the South Bronx. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered flags across the city to be lowered at half-staff in honor of him.

"The decorated 15-year-veteran of the department is truly one of New York City’s Bravest – running into danger to protect and defend others, both in New York City and in combat overseas," de Blasio said. 

FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Slutman "bravely wore two uniforms and committed his life to public service both as a New York City firefighter and as a member of the United States Marine Corps."

Slutman is the fourth FDNY member to die while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan since U.S. military action started in 2003.

Two U.S. soldiers were also killed in what is the deadliest incident against military forces in Afghanistan this year.

The Taliban, which is in ongoing talks with the U.S., claimed responsibility for the attack.

In their claim of responsibility, the Taliban said they launched the attack and that one of their suicide bombers detonated his explosives-laden vehicle near the NATO base.

Bagram Air Base
Photo by Xinhua/Sipa USA

The base in Bagram district is located in northern Parwan province and serves as the main U.S. air facility in the country.

Monday's U.S. fatalities bring to seven the number of U.S. soldiers killed so far this year in Afghanistan, underscoring the difficulties in bringing peace to the war-wrecked country even as Washington has stepped up efforts to find a way to end the 17-year war, America's longest.

There are about 14,000 U.S. forces in Afghanistan, supporting embattled Afghan forces as they struggle on two fronts — facing a resurgent Taliban who now hold sway over almost half the country and also the Islamic State affiliate, which has sought to expand its footprint in Afghanistan even as its self-proclaimed "caliphate" has crumbled in Syria and Iraq.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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