WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) issued the following statement on the death of 30 Americans and 8 Afghans in a military helicopter attack Saturday in Afghanistan:

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of those who perished in this weekend’s helicopter attack in Afghanistan. Twenty-two of the Americans lost in this tragic event were members of one of our nation’s most elite fighting units, Navy SEAL Team 6, which recently carried out the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Eight Americans serving in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army also lost their lives in what was the deadliest attack on American forces in the Afghan war. These 30 brave Americans will be remembered for their incredible courage and service in defense of our country. Similarly, I am hopeful the people of Afghanistan will remember the 8 Afghan soldiers lost in this terrible event for their dedication to providing freedom and security to a nation that once had neither.”