Ala. National Guard soldier killed in Afghanistan

An Alabama National Guard soldier was killed when his unit was attacked in Paktika province in Afghanistan.

Alabama Army National Guard officials confirmed that 41-year-old Capt. Waid C. Ramsey of Red Bay died Thursday of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked with small arms fire.

Alabama Army National Guard Commander Maj. Gen. Perry Smith said Ramsey was deployed to Afghanistan with the Guard's 20th Special Forces Group of Birmingham.

Ramsey is the second soldier from the 20th Special Forces Group to die in combat in Afghanistan in the last two years. Ramsey is the eighth Alabama National Guard soldier to die since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks while deployed overseas in the war on terror.

Ramsey's unit is scheduled to return to Alabama later this year.

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