An American soldier was killed during operations against Islamic State militant group in eastern Afghanistan late Saturday, U.S. military said.
“The soldier was mortally wounded late Saturday during an operation in Nangarhar province,” U.S. Navy Captain Bill Salvin, said on official Twitter account of the NATO mission in Afghanistan.
U.S. Forces-Afghanistan in a statement said that the incident happened in Achin district. It said that the soldier was a member of U.S. Special Forces team operating with Afghan forces.
"On behalf of all of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of our fallen comrade," John Nicholson, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan, said in the statement. "We will always remember our fallen comrades and commit ourselves to deliver on their sacrifice."
There were no more details on how the soldier was killed.
IS emerged in Afghanistan in early 2015 and its fighters are mostly based in Nangarhar province.
NATO’s Resolute Support mission recently said that the territory controlled by IS had decreased by 67 percent.
It also said that the number of fighters of the group was reduced from thousands to less than 800 as it aims to eliminate the group in Afghanistan this year.
25 IS militants killed in Achin district
Meanwhile, Afghan officials Sunday said that 25 IS militants. mostly foreign nationals, were killed in offensive over the past 24 hours in Achin district, Nangarhar.
Six suspectswere arrested during the ongoing Hamza operation, the provincial governor's office said in a statement.