Waseca man critically injured in Afghanistan road bombing

Published 9:20 am Tuesday, October 8, 2013

WASECA — The family of a solider from south-central Minnesota says he’s recovering after being wounded in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Ranger Tom Block was critically injured Sunday when a homemade bomb went off in southern Afghanistan. The 27-year-old Waseca native is being treated at the hospital in Ramstein, Germany.

A hospital nurse told Block’s family that he’s alert and responsive. According to his father, Jeff Block of Cleveland, Minn., Block lost his right eye, and his left eye was injured and facial bones were broken.

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Block was in critical but stable condition Monday. He is to be transferred today to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Block was a wrestler at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and also wrestled in high school.