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1 US soldier killed, 2 wounded in Nawa mortar attack

1 US soldier killed, 2 wounded in Nawa mortar attack

Jul 06, 2017 - 10:51

KABUL (Pajhwok): One American soldier has been killed and two others have been injured in the restive southern province of Helmand, the US military said on Wednesday.

A statement from the US military identified the victim as Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska. The latest US army fatality happened on Monday.

Two other soldiers, wounded in the attack in Nawa district outside Lashkargah, were under treated at a coalition medical facility, the statement added.

The soldiers, working with their Afghan partners outside the base in the Nawa district, were hit by a mortar. Kirkpatrick was part of a counterterrorism unit that was conducting the mission in Nawa.

The wounds of the other two soldiers are not life-threatening, according to the US military. Kirkpatrick became the eighth American service member to die in Afghanistan so far this year.

Around 300 US Marines are advising Afghan security forces in Helmand. Nawa district fell to the Taliban last year.