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A Mannheim-based soldier stationed in Afghanistan has died, the Department of Defense announced late Tuesday.

Staff Sgt. Brian E. Studer, 28, of Roseau, Minn., died Friday in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the improvised explosive device he was attempting to deactivate detonated.

He was assigned to the 720th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 28th Transportation Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, Mannheim, Germany.

Studer’s mother, Ellen, of Ramsey, Minn., told the (Minneapolis) Star-Tribune that her son had been in the Army for nine years and was scheduled to leave the service early next year.

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