EGLIN AFB — Several Army 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldiers were injured or killed during combat operations in Afghanistan on Saturday, according to a statement from 7th Group Commander Col. John W. Sannes released late Saturday evening.

“The families of the deceased and wounded are being notified,” Sannes said in the prepared statement.

“The 7th Special Forces Group Headquarters is poised to support the Service Members and their families during this difficult time,” he added.

In accordance with U.S. Department of Defense policy, the names of the casualties are being withheld until 24 hours after their next-of-kin have been notified, Sannes also noted in the statement.

Only limited information about the incident was available Saturday evening. In an initial prepared statement, Col. Sonny Leggett, spokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, said, “A combined U.S. and Afghan force conducting an operation in Nangarhar Province (in eastern Afghanistan) was engaged by direct fire on Feb. 8. We are assessing the situation and will provide further updates as they become available.”

In a follow-up email statement issued late Saturday night, Leggett, while not identifying the unit involved in the incident, wrote that “(t)wo U.S. service members were killed and six others were wounded in a firefight on Feb. 8 in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province. The wounded service members are receiving medical treatment at a U.S. facility.”

“Several 7th SFG(A) Soldiers were injured or killed during combat operations in Afghanistan on February 8, 2020. The families of the deceased and wounded are being notified. In accordance with DoD policy, the names of the causalities are being withheld until 24 hours. pic.twitter.com/R22ilulOcx

— 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) (@7thForces) February 9, 2020

According to the online edition of Newsweek magazine, which quoted an unnamed U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity, the incident has been classified as “green-on-blue,” meaning that the shots were fired by one or more of the Afghan security forces personnel partnered with U.S. troops.

The late Saturday night statement from U.S. Forces-Afghanistan corroborated the Newsweek account. In the statement, Leggett wrote that “current reports indicate an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun.” The incident occurred immediately following a “key-leader engagement,” a meeting with important local officials, according to the U.S. Forces-Afghanistan statement.

As in the earlier statement, Leggett noted late Saturday night that officials “are still collecting information and the cause or motive behind the attack is unknown at this time. The incident is under investigation.”

The incident comes as the U.S. government is working to bring the 18-year war in Afghanistan, this country’s longest conflict, to an end.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., whose district includes Eglin Air Force Base, said Saturday night that his office is continuing to get updates on the incident.

“It appears Northwest Florida has again been impacted by the violence in Afghanistan,” Gaetz said via text message. “We are still getting updates but our hearts are with everyone in the 7th SFG family.”

We’re receiving reports that several of our nation’s warriors were either injured or killed today while serving in Afghanistan.

My staff and I are continually monitoring details as they develop.

Tonight, pray for our troops, for their families, and for their safety.

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) February 9, 2020