ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – A 26-year-old Army lieutenant from St. Johns County was seriously injured Sunday morning in an explosion in Afghanistan and is still hospitalized there, Army officials confirmed Monday.
An Army spokesman said 1st Lt. Ryan Timoney was injured and two soldiers were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded in Tarin Kowt. Friends say it was a suicide bombing.
Timoney is reported to be in serious condition with a stomach wound and shrapnel in his skull, which is fragments from the bomb.
They say he was deployed to Afghanistan just last week.
Timoney is in the 696th Forward Support Company of the 168th Brigade Support Battalion.
He was a student at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Jacksonville, then Bishop Kenny High School for two years, before graduating from Bartram Trail High School in St Johns County in 2003.
There's been several requests for prayer through social media. In one post, Timoney's cousin is asking his church in St. Petersburg to keep him in mind, saying he's "a zealous soldier and a good man. Please pray for a speedy recovery."
The Army says Timoney has not been transferred to the military hospital in Germany, but is still in Afghanistan.
He's been in the Army for two years and was most recently stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
The two killed in the explosion -- Capt. Jesse A. Ozbat, 28, of Prince George, Va., and 2nd Lt. Tobias C. Alexander, 30, of Lawton, Okla. -- were also from Fort Sill.