Department of Defense IDs soldiers killed in Afghanistan Saturday

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KABUL, Afghanistan (KKTV) - The Department of Defense has identified the soldiers killed by an IED in Afghanistan Saturday.

The two men were conducting operations in the southern part of the country when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack.

The deceased were identified as Staff Sgt. Ian P. McLaughlin, 29, of Newport News, Virginia; and Pfc. Miguel A. Villalon, 21, of Joliet, Illinois. Both soldiers were assigned to the 307th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division out of Fort Bragg.

More than 2,400 troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the war started in 2001. Last year was the deadliest year since 2014, with 23 troops killed. Four of those soldiers were from Fort Carson: Sgt. Joseph Collette, Sgt. 1st Class Will Lindsay, Sgt. 1st Class Elliot Robbins, and Sgt. Maj. James "Ryan" Sartor.