US service member killed on patrol in Afghan bomb blast

Pentagon Press Secretary said the death happened when the patrol triggered an improvised explosive device

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A US soldier was killed by a bomb blast Tuesday while on foot patrol during counterterrorism operations in eastern Afghanistan, the US military said.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said it was his “understanding” that no other US personnel or Afghan troops were wounded in the attack in Nangarhar province, noting that it did not appear the American was specifically targeted.

“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 counterterrorism 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 ISIS, Khorasan Province and helping our Afghan partners defend their nation,” said General John Nicholson, who heads US forces in Afghanistan.

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