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Pentagon: ‘Indirect fire’ blamed for Maine soldier’s death 

The Department of Defense says the soldier from Waterville who died Thursday in Jaghatu, Afghanistan, was killed by indirect fire from a rocket or mortar fired by insurgents. The Morning Sentinel of Waterville reported Sunday that 21-year-old Army Spc. Wade Slack worked in combat, performing duties depicted in this year’s Academy Award-winning film for best picture, “The Hurt Locker.” But officials said Slack did not lose his life in an accidental detonation while working to disarm a bomb. Slack was assigned to the 707th Ordnance Company, 3rd OrdnanceBattalion, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Slack’s parents live in Waterville and he graduated fromWaterville High School in 2007.