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April 10, 2019

Two area Marines killed in roadside bombing in Afghanistan

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Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines (left) and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman (right) were assigned to 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve. Both men were killed in an April 8 car bombing near Bargram Air Base north of Kabul, Afghanistan.

Two U.S. Marines from the region were killed last month in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan, military officials revealed Wednesday.

Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, of York, and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43, of Newark, Delaware, were killed in action in Afghanistan's Parwan province.

A third Marine, Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, 25, of Locust Valley, New York, also died in the bombing.

Hines was a graduate of Dallastown Area High School, where he played football for the Wildcats through his senior year in 2005.

Slutman was a 15-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department and a married father of three daughters. His parents resident in Lower Windsor Township in York County, according to the York Daily Record.

The Taliban, who control nearly half the country, took responsibility for the roadside bombing of the American convoy near the Bagram Airfield. Three other Marines were injured in the attack.

The three fatalities bring the total to seven U.S. service members killed in Afghanistan this year. Thirteen were killed in action last year, the Associated Press reported. 

Seventeen years into the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, about 14,000 American troops are still stationed there to support the Afghan government against both an Islamic State affiliate and the Taliban, who refuse to meet with the U.S.-supported regime in Kabul.

Military officials said an Afghan contractor supporting the convoy was initially reported dead but survived the attack and is receiving treatment at the base.