Two Army rangers were killed during a raid on an Islamic State compound in Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirmed on Friday. Their deaths may have been the result of friendly fire.
Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said the U.S. military is investigating to see if they were killed by ground fire from Afghan commandoes or other American forces. He added that it does not appear deliberate.
WATCH | Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, Ill., and Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, Ohio, were killed in the raid. A third Ranger suffered wounds to the head but remained with his unit.
Davis explained that the head of the IS affiliate in Afghanistan was the intended target of the Wednesday raid. Officials suspect he was killed, but haven't confirmed.
About 35 other enemy fires were also killed.
Fifty Army Rangers and 40 Afghan commandoes took part in the attack, lasting three hours. The Rangers were killed in the initial minutes of the fight.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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