A month after a suicide explosion at an Afghan airport, four Marines remain ill.


A month after a suicide explosion at an Afghan airport, four Marines remain ill.

Last month, four US Marines were injured in an attack near Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, while evacuating foreign nationals and refugees.

On August 26, Islamic State-Khorasan Province carried out a suicide attack at the airport’s Abbey Gate, killing 13 US service members and more than 170 Afghan civilians.

According to the Marine Corps Times, four of the injured Marines are still hospitalized at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., where 15 service personnel were initially treated after the incident.

The names and units of the Marines who are in the hospital have not been revealed. One of the hospitalized Marines is in critical but stable condition, according to Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Johnny Henderson, and the other three are in serious but stable condition.

Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo, Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, and Cpl. Daegan W. Page were among the 11 Marines, one Army soldier, and one Navy corpsman killed in the attack.

Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Jared M. Schmitz, Lance Cpl. Rylee J. McCollum, and Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola were were among those killed. Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss, Lance Cpl. Kareem M. Nikoui, and Navy Corpsman Maxton W. Soviak.

They have received congressional gold medals and Purple Hearts, which will be displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.

Marines and corpsmen who were injured while protecting the airport received Purple Hearts or are awaiting approval.

In more than a decade, the attack was the deadliest single day of conflict. In Nangarhar province, the United States reacted with a drone strike that killed two high-profile Islamic State Khorasan Province targets.

During the evacuation effort, which ended in late August, around 6,000 Americans and 124,000 Afghans were evacuated out of the country.

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