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NEW INFO: Soldier From Northampton County Killed

A soldier from Eastern Carolina has been killed overseas.

Corporal Will McLawhorn of Conway in Northampton County has been killed serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. McLawhorn was one of six soldiers killed Sunday in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

The soldiers were killed when an explosives-packed minibus blew up at the entrance of a joint NATO-Afghan base in Kandahar province.

They were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Ky.

McLawhorn was 23 years old. He was a graduate of Northeast Academy in Lasker and was the son of the Rev. Willie and Diane McLawhorn of Conway.

The Army says the suicide bomb attack used enough explosives to bring down the building the soldiers were in.

The division's commander, Maj. Gen. John Campbell, said during a videoconference from Afghanistan that 11 soldiers were wounded in the Sunday attack but many were able to return to duty.

Campbell said the attack vehicle was loaded with an estimated 1,000 pounds of explosives. He said the vehicle got past an Afghan security point near a joint NATO-Afghan outpost and hit a wall near the building where the six soldiers were.


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