Spc. Brittany Gordon, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who deployed to southern Afghanistan, died Saturday in a suicide bombing attack, according to a spokesman for Rep. C.W. Bill Young, a Florida Republican who represents her hometown of St. Petersburg. Florida.
The U.S. Army on Monday announced her death, disclosing only that she was killed by an improvised explosive device. Typically, such devices are buried bombs, but in this case the explosive device was a suicide vest, according to Harry Glenn, Young’s spokesman.
Col. Thomas Collins, a spokesman for NATO-led International Security Assistance Force confirmed Tuesday that Gordon died in a suicide bombing attack that also killed another American and four members of the Afghanistan intelligence agency.
Citing international and Afghan officials, The New York Times reported that attack was carried out by an suicide bomber who was a member of the Afghanistan intelligence agency.
The Associated Press, in a story published Tuesday, said that Afghanistan’s security service had denied claims that a suicide bomber was a member of the country’s intelligence agency.
Collins, in a statement to The Seattle Times, said that the attack “remains under investigation,” which will ultimately determine how it is classified.
Gordon, 24, was on her first tour of overseas duty, and was assigned to the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd infantry Division.