Father of Marine killed in 2019 bomb attack wants answers amid reports of Russia bounties

Father of Marine killed in 2019 bomb attack wants answers amid reports of Russia bounties

Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. Amid reports of intelligence about possible Russian bounties for Taliban fighters who kill Americans in Afghanistan, the father of a Marine who died in a roadside bomb attack there last year wants answers. Erik Hendriks' 25-year-old son, Cpl. Robert A. Hendriks, was among three Marines who were killed in the bomb attack on a convoy outside Bagram Airfield. Hendriks said he learned about reports of the possible payments to Taliban-linked militants in a call from a reporter Monday. If the reports are true, "that would break my heart," Hendriks said in an interview Tuesday. "It would be horrific." Robert A. Hendriks — his father calls him Robby — was killed April 8, 2019, while conducting combat operations in Parwan province, the Defense Department has said. Also killed were Sgt. Benjamin S. Hines, 31, and Staff Sgt. Christopher K.A. Slutman, 43. NBC News has not confirmed a link between the April 2019 bomb attack and any alleged offer of bounties by Russian intelligence officials. Two senior administration officials said Monday that the White House does not believe there is a link. Hendricks said he has not heard from the president directly. "Why hasn't anybody called me or my ex-wife to settle us? Isn't it enough the hell we're going through that no one has come forward with anything at all?" he asked. "It's really horrible." Since late last week, several media outlets, including NBC News, have reported ...
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