U. S. Service member killed and 4 injured on New Years Day

US service member killed, 4 injured in Afghan 'combat engagement'

One U.S. service member was killed and four others were injured in a “combat engagement” in eastern Afghanistan on New Year’s Day, U.S. Forces Afghanistan said Tuesday.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our own,” Gen. John Nicholson, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said in a statement. “At this very difficult time our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of our fallen and wounded brothers.”

The incident happened Monday in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, according to Tuesday’s release.

Two of those injured are being treated at a nearby medical facility and are in stable condition, according to the release. The other two service members who were injured are back on duty.

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