UPDATE: Flags to Be Lowered for Three Ohio National Guard Members

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UPDATE 4/6/12
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- Governor John Kasich has ordered that flags at state facilities in Franklin County and at the Statehouse be flown at half staff in honor of the three Ohio National Guard members who were killed in Afghanistan.

The flags will be lowered on Monday, April 9 in honor of Captain Nicholas Rozanski (Dublin), Sgt. First Class Shawn Hannon (Grove City), and Sgt First Class Jeffrey Rieck (Columbus).

The three were members of the 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. They were attacked Wednesday in Maimanah, the capital of Faryab province by a suicide bomber.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Kasich issued the following statement:
"I'm saddened by the tragic loss of these soldiers and my family extends our prayers and deepest condolences to their families, friends and fellow Guard members. We also pray for the recovery of the four soldiers who were wounded during this attack. Our nation and the values we champion are made stronger by those with the courage to selflessly put their lives on the line for us. We honor these soldiers' memory not only in our shared grief and by comforting their families, but also by doing all we can every day to make ourselves, our communities, our state and our nation worthy of their service and sacrifice."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Military officials say the three soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan were from Ohio. Several others from the state were seriously wounded.

The Ohio National Guard says soldiers from the guard's 37th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were attacked Wednesday in Maimanah, the capital of Faryab province.

The guard says the unit includes soldiers from across Ohio.

The attack by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed at least 13 people at a park in a relatively peaceful area of northern Afghanistan on Wednesday. It was of an increase in violence at the start of the spring fighting season.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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