Soldier from High Point injured in suicide blast in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. Army soldier who is originally from High Point is among those injured in a deadly suicide bombing that occurred last week in Afghanistan.

Sgt. James Pierce, who spoke with FOX8’s Brandon Jones over the phone, confirmed he was injured in the Taliban attack that killed three other soldiers from North Carolina.

The attack happened Monday, Oct. 1 in the Khost province of Afghanistan.  Among those killed were Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison, 23, of Browns Summit, Sgt. Donna R. Johnson, 29, of Raeford, and Sgt. Thomas J. Butler IV, 25, of Leland.

Pierce, who is in the Intensive Care Unit at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., said he was hit by shrapnel in the chest, arm and leg.

He was deployed for training in June with other members of the 514th Military Police Company. 

Pierce grew up in High Point, but now lives in Wilmington. He said he attended Eastern Randolph High School.

No other details were immediately available.