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US soldier killed in Afghanistan

  • News Desk

    Agence France-Presse

Washington, United States   /   Tue, August 14, 2018   /   09:39 am
US soldier killed in Afghanistan Afghan security personnel keep watch during fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan forces in Kunduz on May 10. Hundreds of Afghan families have fled fighting between the Taliban and government forces near the northern city of Kunduz as the insurgents captured a strategic district soon after launching their annual spring offensive. (AFP/Bashir Khan Safi)

A US special operations soldier has been killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan's Helmand province, the Pentagon said Monday.

According to a statement, Staff Sergeant Reymund Rarogal Transfiguracion died Sunday after an improvised explosive device detonated near him while he was conducting combat patrol operations.

The 36-year-old from Hawaii was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group.

Officials said the incident was under investigation. 

While Afghan security forces are conducting most of the fighting against the Taliban and other insurgent groups, US troops operate alongside them in a training capacity and are frequently on the front lines.