Senior U.S. military officials say an Afghan teenager is responsible for the death of Daviess Co., KY soldier Michael Cable in eastern Afghanistan by stabbing him in the neck.
Two officials said Monday that Sgt. Michael Cable, 26, was guarding a meeting of Afghan and U.S. officials in Nangarhar province when the stabbing occurred.
One of the officials estimated the attacker was 16 years old, but he escaped so the age couldn't be verified.
The official says the youth was not believed to be from the Afghan security forces so the Wednesday stabbing is not being classified as an insider attack.
Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.
The Pentagon said in a statement last week that Cable died from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by enemy forces.
Cable's brother says his sibling appeared to be aware of the dangers facing him in Afghanistan and that the deployment would be more dangerous that a previous tour in Iraq.
Raymond Johnston of Owensboro says Cable met with several family members before deploying to Afghanistan and told them he was prepared for "anything that happens."
Johnston says his brother's body will return to Owensboro on Thursday. Visitation is set for Friday at Haley-McGinnis Funeral Home in Owensboro with burial set for Saturday.
Afghan teenager fatally stabs US soldier
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