St. Pete’s Army Spc. Brittany Gordon Killed by Suicide Bomb

Senior Airman Devon Garner-Klingbeil stands near transfer cases containing the remains of Army Spc. Brittany B. Gordon, left case, and Army Sgt. Robert J. Billings, right case, early Monday at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Associated Press photo.

The  hidden bomb that killed St. Petersburg’s Army Spc. Brittany Gordon on Saturday is being linked to the revenge killing of a 9-year-old Afghan child according to the New York Times.

In a tragic coda to Saturday’s story, the suicide bomber’s 9-year-old brother was killed in revenge by the brother of a victim, said Shamsullah, a Maruf local, who commands a guardpost.
“The 9-year-old boy was killed in front of his mother and father,” said Shamsull. “The parents didn’t know their son Abdul Wali was going to commit suicide.”

The Department of Defense described released a statement Monday that Gordon, the daughter of St. Peterburg’s assistant police chief,  was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED). But the IED was carried by a suicide bomber Cong. Bill Young told the Tampa Bay Times.

“It is not one that was planted as a mine. The person was wearing a suicide vest. This is also considered an IED,” said Young, who chairs the House defense appropriations subcommittee.

It was an inside job.

The American coalition including Gordon was delivering new furniture to an Afghan intelligence office in the Maruf district. The suicide bomber, dressed in an Afghan intelligence uniform, detonated the explosive vest  hidden under his uniform and killed two Americans and four Afghans according to the New York Times.

The Gordon family was present at Dover Air Base when the remains of Spc. Gordon arrived.

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5 Responses

  1. It is very hard accept the death of a warriors, it is more hard to accept the logic of IEDS, that are a rudimental arm, compared to modern technology, but causes, terrific wounds when not death.
    This is or may be one of the cause of PTSD, if we realize the stress produced to the soldiers by terrors of such types of arms.
    our troops have had and have just now the terror of inconventional arms and of a war whose scheme are not those of a normal war. I solidarize with them, waiting with them the end of all this.claudio alpaca

  2. Brittany was a dear friend of mine. She was always ambitious and determined as well as strong willed. I remember her for always remaining focused on what she wanted to do for her life and I always admired her hustlers ambition. Love you always Brit ❤

  3. My unit took place of the 82nd airborne a couple of months ago and part of my job was to call down to her base regularly. She was always eager to help me because I was new at my job and she never complained
    about me calling sometimes 10 times a day. I didn’t get a chance to personally meet Gordon but was going to in November when my unit planned to visit her base. It really hurts me that I didn’t get to meet her in person because she just seemed like a vibrant and vivacious individual. I’m extremely blessed to have known her even for the little time I did and I’m going to live my life to the fullest for Gordon because that’s how she would of lived it. Praying for her family.

  4. As we remember those on this Memorial Day, I want to say I am sorry for your loss. I too have one child and I understand you pain. I served 24 years in the military and have lost friends along the way. As a proud veteran, to your daughter, “I Salute!”

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