A high-ranking Air Force officer from western Kentucky was killed Saturday in Afghanistan.
According to the Department of Defense website, 44-year old Lt. Colonel John D. Loftis of Paducah was killed from wounds received during an attack at the Interior Ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan. Lt. Colonel Loftis was one of two men killed in the incident.
He was assigned to the 866th Air Expeditionary Squadron in Kabul.
The Taliban claimed responsibility and said the killings were in retaliation for what U.S. officials called an inadvertent burning of Afghan religious materials, including Qurans, at Bagram air base north of Kabul.