Bradenton soldier dies in Afghanistan

Published: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 11:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 11:26 a.m.

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. A U.S. military spokesman says a 101st Airborne Division soldier who was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend died when an Afghan policeman opened fire on U.S. troops at a police station.

Capt. Scott Miller told The Associated Press in a telephone call from Afghanistan late Tuesday that the soldier was 38-year-old Sgt. William E. Hasenflu of Bradenton, Fla. The military said Monday that Hasenflu's unit was ambushed by enemy forces while taking detainees into custody.

Officials said the policeman also wounded three other soldiers, a detainee and an Afghan interpreter working for the Americans. An American commander said U.S. forces in the station in eastern Afghanistan then killed the policeman.

Hasenflu was assigned to A Troop, 1st Battalion, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Campbell.

The military said the death is under investigation.

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