A U.S. service member has been killed and another injured in Afghanistan, just one day after commanders sent 100 troops to aid and train Afghan security forces in Lashkar Gah on a temporary basis.
The unidentified victim died as a result of wounds sustained when a roadside bomb exploded in the Helmand province. It is the first combat casualty in the war-torn country since January. Six Aghan soldiers were also injured in the attack, and the wounded service member is currently in stable condition.
“On behalf of all of U.S. Forces – Afghanistan, as well as Resolute Support, our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved,” said Gen. John Nicholson, the top commander in Afghanistan, who sent the troops to Helmand. “We are deeply saddened by this loss, but remain committed to helping our Afghan partners provide a brighter future for themselves and their children,” he added.
The service member was killed conducting Train, Advise, Assist activities with Afghan troops when their patrol triggered an improvised explosive device. The military is conducting an investigation into the incident.