3 soldiers from NC killed in Afghanistan

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Three U.S. Army soldiers from North Carolina have been killed in Afghanistan.

The U.S. Air Force issued notice Tuesday that the remains of Sgt. Jeremy F. Hardison of Maysville, Sgt. Donna R. Johnson of Raeford and Thomas J. Butler of Wilmington would be flown into Dover Air Force Base Tuesday evening.

All were identified as being killed in Afghanistan, though the military has not yet said when they were killed or identified the unit or units with which they served.

The North Carolina National Guard posted on its Facebook page that there had been an incident involving its troops in Afghanistan and that affected families had been notified.

However, state guard spokesman Lt. Col. Robert Carver said Tuesday he could not comment further or confirm those identified earlier were guardsmen.

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