BORDENTOWN - A soldier from New Jersey has been killed in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced yesterday in a news release that Pfc. Benjamin G. Moore, 23, of Robbinsville, died Jan. 12, in Ghazni province.

Officials said Moore and two other solders died when enemy forces attacked their unit with an improvised explosive device.

Moore was a 2006 graduate of Bordentown Regional High School and was a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician with the Hope Hose Fire Co. in his hometown.

He was assigned to a unit home-based at Fort Drum, N.Y.

Moore's father, Patrick, said his son was deployed to Afghanistan in April 2010 and had spent the recent Christmas holiday with his family.

AP wire services contributed to this report.