Two IDF Soldiers Killed in Golan Heights Grenade Explosion

Israeli soldiers evacuate their wounded comrades at an army deployment area along the Israeli border with the Gaza Strip on July 28, 2014. The Israeli army said five of its soldiers have been killed in and around the wartorn Gaza Strip. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read …

The Jerusalem Post reports: Two IDF soldiers – including a lone soldier from the United States – were killed, and three others were wounded when a grenade in the possession of a driver of a light armored military vehicle went off on Mount Hermon.

The casualties have been named as 20-year-old Sgt. Shlomo Rindenow, a soldier in the 401 Brigade, originally from New Jersey, and 24-year-old St.-Sgt. Husam Tafish, of Beit Jann. OC Northern Command, Maj.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi, has appointed a commission to investigate the incident.

Rindenow had been living in the southern kibbutz of Sde Yoav.

The incident began on Sunday morning at the entrance to the Majdal Checkpoint, which is the first entry point to the Hermon region. The soldiers, from the IDF’s Combat Engineering Brigade, were in the area to secure a border road.

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