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Dogs saved an American troops from a suicide Bomber

Updated on March 12, 2015
The Dukes and hero dog Rufus
The Dukes and hero dog Rufus

Hero dogs Sasha, Target and Rufus

Sasha killed by bomb blast in Afghanistan Feb 11, 2010 awarded with American Red Cross hero dog.
Sasha killed by bomb blast in Afghanistan Feb 11, 2010 awarded with American Red Cross hero dog.
Target- once a homeless female dog-adopted and brought to the US but now dead
Target- once a homeless female dog-adopted and brought to the US but now dead
Rufus and Target (R)
Rufus and Target (R)
The Dukes now lives in San Tan Valley, Arizona
The Dukes now lives in San Tan Valley, Arizona

Unusual barking of dogs

This is a true story of a dog called Rufus and its canine friends who saved Sgt. Chris Duke and his fellow troopers from a suicide bomber.

While they were about to lay down to bed on the night of Feb. 11, 2010 at a solitary desert fortress in the province of Paktia. Afghanistan, Sgt. Chris Duke and his fellow soldiers- all 50 of them of Bravo Company's 48 Brigade- were alerted by an unusual barking of dogs.

A bomb went off

The soldiers clutched their arms and threw themselves down ready for any eventuality. Then in a split second a bomb went off. Bang! The soldiers examined the vicinity to determine what and who caused the explosion. They discovered that a bomber got startled by the fierce barking of the dogs that chased and bit him before he could enter the barracks, forcing him to let go off the suicide bomb earlier than planned. 5 soldiers suffered injuries that night but no one died thanks to the dogs.

Death and injuries from the blast

Unfortnately, a cute and tiny dog named Sasha perished in the attack and Rufus and another dog Target were seriously injured. The 3 dogs were friends. Rufus, Target and Sasha were stray dogs who used to prowl the area to look for food. They were adopted by Sgt. Duke because of his longings for his family and pet dogs back in Franklin, Georgia. Sasha was posthumoustly bestowed an American Red Cross Hero Dog Award.

Wish granted

Sgt. Duke was back in his hometown in March 2010. But he was unhappy and restless having left his faithful dogs behind. So he requested help from Hope for Warriors and Puppy Rescue Mission to have Rufus and Target enplaned to his residence. His wish granted, Sgt. Duke, his wife Lauren, and the dogs had a happy reunion in July 29, 2010. The dogs left Afghanistan with aid of $21,000 contributed by Sgt. Duke's comrades-in-arms.

Tragedy for 'Target'

Not long after Target met an unfortunate ending, after surviving the harsh Afghan desert, the target practice, (for unwanted and stray dogs are subjected to by Afghan border police) and a suicide bomb. The poor dog was found euthanized at an animal pound after she strayed from her adopted home.

Today Rufus lives with the Dukes, showered with all the love and care in San Tan Valley, Arizona.

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    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR

      nick071438 

      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Thanks for the inspiring comment, Carmen H. I do pray for a more fruitful and long life for the Dukes and their faithful dog Rufus as well.

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      Carmen Beth 

      7 years ago

      Amazing story. Truly touching. Hopefully, Rufus will live a huge portion of his life with the Dukes.

    • nick071438 profile imageAUTHOR

      nick071438 

      7 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      I'm glad you were inspired reading this hub. Thanks for the visit, moonlake.

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      moonlake 

      7 years ago from America

      What a great story. Was sorry to hear about Target.

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