Mesa soldier killed in Afghanistan

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

MESA, Ariz. -- A 25-year-old Arizona soldier has been killed in Afghanistan.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Army Sgt. Aaron B. Cruttenden, of Mesa, died Sunday when insurgents attacked his unit in the Kunar Province.

Cruttenden was assigned to the 27th Engineer Battalion of the 18th Airborne Corps based at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Cruttenden is the fourth Arizona serviceman to die in Afghanistan in the past week.

Marine Lance Cpl. Randy R. Braggs, 21, from Sierra Vista died Saturday; Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm, 22, of Flagstaff, died Thursday; and Army Sgt. 1st Class Todd M. Harris, 37, of Tucson, was killed on Wednesday.