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My friend and colleague, Ragaei Abdelfattah, was killed by a suicide bomber in Kunar on August 8. Ragaei worked for USAID to help the people of Afghanistan, especially in Nangarhar. He flew to Kunar with my boss, Jeff Lodinsky, and soldiers. While they were entering the Governor's compound, two suicide bombers detonated, killing Ragaei and three soldiers. Jeff and some soldiers were wounded and were flown to Bagram for treatment.
We are all very sad and upset here. Ragaei was a devout Muslim - he fasted during Ramadan and last year, made Hadjj. I'm sure he never believed that he would be killed by another Muslim.
An Imam was here on the base during the ceremony when soldiers placed Ragaei's body and the body of the three deceased soldiers on helicopters. Their bodies were taken to Bagram and then home to the United States. Ragaei lived in Philadelphia, where I am from. He had a wife and two teenage sons.