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US service member killed on patrol in Afghan bomb blast

Wednesday, Oct 5, 2016,11:43 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Washington | A US soldier was killed by a bomb blast today while on patrol during counter-terrorism operations in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, the US military said.

“The service member was killed conducting operations with Afghan forces when the patrol triggered an improvised explosive device,” US Forces, Afghanistan said in a statement.
“The mission was conducted as part of a larger United States-Afghan counter-terrorism mission targeting the Islamic State, Khorasan.”

The Pentagon withheld the service member’s identity, pending notification of family members.
“Despite this tragic event, we remain committed to defeating the terrorists of the Islamic State, Khorasan Province and helping our Afghan partners defend their nation,” General John Nicholson, who heads US forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.

Nangarhar province is a hotbed of Islamic State activity near the border with Pakistan.
The soldier died in the province’s Achin district.

US and NATO forces are working with Afghan partners to battle the Taliban and other groups.
About 2,300 US troops have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001.