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Soldier from Woodbury killed in Afghanistan

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A soldier from Woodbury has died of wounds suffered in an attack in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said Monday.

Army Spec. Conor G. Masterson, 21, died Saturday of wounds he suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in eastern Afghanistan, the Defense Department said in a news release.

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Masterson was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, based at Hohenfels, Germany.

Further information on the attack was not immediately released. A public affairs officer with the 1st Armored Division in Germany did not immediately return a phone call seeking details.

His death raised the number of people with strong Minnesota ties who have died in connection with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to 57. Masterson was the third killed in Afghanistan.

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