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Soldier From Mass. Killed In Afghanistan

The Pentagon says a paratrooper killed in Afghanistan this week was from Massachusetts.

This photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Spc. Brian Arsenault. (Jonathan A. Shaw, U.S. Army/AP)
This photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Spc. Brian Arsenault. (Jonathan A. Shaw, U.S. Army/AP)

The Department of Defense announced Friday that Spc. Brian Arsenault, of Northborough, Massachusetts, died Thursday in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire.

The 28-year-old Arsenault was a 2004 Algonquin Regional High School graduate.

He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Arsenault is the first member of the military from Massachusetts killed in action this year.

With reporting by the WBUR Newsroom and The Associated Press

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