1 US ser­vice mem­ber killed in Afghan at­tack

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - News - BY DAN LAMOTHE Wash­ing­ton Post

One U.S. ser­vice mem­ber was killed and two were wounded Satur­day in an ap­par­ent in­sider at­tack in Afghanista­n, said the U.S.-led mil­i­tary coali­tion.

The am­bush oc­curred in south­ern Afghanista­n, U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said in a state­ment with­out be­ing more spe­cific. The two wounded U.S. troops were in sta­ble con­di­tion, the state­ment added. U.S. mil­i­tary of­fi­cials at the top U.S. mil­i­tary head­quar­ters in Kabul could not im­me­di­ately be reached for ad­di­tional com­ment.

The Tal­iban re­leased a state­ment prais­ing an Afghan sol­dier for car­ry­ing out the at­tack, with­out tak­ing credit for it them­selves. The state­ment and an Afghan of­fi­cial, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity due to the sen­si­tiv­ity of the sit­u­a­tion, said the at­tack oc­curred in Uruz­gan prov­ince.

The in­ci­dent marks the first com­bat fa­tal­ity for the U.S. mil­i­tary in Afghanista­n since April 30, and the sec­ond there this year.

In the April 30 in­ci­dent, Army Spec. Gabriel D. Conde, 22, was shot by en­emy fight­ers in a fire­fight in Kapisa prov­ince while pro­vid­ing se­cu­rity for U.S. Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions troops.

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