Toombs Co. man identified among U.S. soldiers killed in hostile attack in Niger

Dustin Wright/Courtesy: Toombs Co. Sheriff's Office

LYONS, Ga. -- The Department of Defense has identified one of the three soldiers killed in an attack in Niger as a man from Lyons, Georgia.

Staff Sgt. Dustin M. Wright, 29, of Lyons was among the three men killed while taking part in a joint U.S. and Nigerian train, advise and assist mission on Wednesday when their renaissance patrol group took hostile fire.

Two other soldiers were wounded but are listed in stable condition at a hospital in Niamey, the nation's capital.

In a statement on Wednesday, the U.S. Africa Command said the U.S. forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists.

All three men killed were assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

The two other U.S. soldiers killed in the attack have been identified as Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, of Puyallup, Washington and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah W. Johnson, 39, of Springboro, Ohio.

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