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BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan — An American servicemember was killed Monday when his patrol was ambushed by insurgents in Afghanistan’s eastern Laghman Province, U.S. military officials said Monday.

According to U.S. military officials, the unit was patrolling northwest of Methar Lam when insurgents ambushed them using small arms. The patrol tried to pursue the insurgents, calling in air support.

“The enemy fled the area. No battle damage assessment was available” as of late Monday, officials said.

The name of the servicemember and his unit were being withheld pending notification of his family.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our fellow servicmembers. He was here serving his country and trying to make Afghanistan a safer place for all,” Brig. Gen. Jack Sterling Jr., deputy commander of Combined Joint Task Force-76, was quoted as saying in an Army news release.

“His sacrifice will never be forgotten.”

The servicemember is the second to be killed in Afghanistan this year; the first was a III Marine Expeditionary Force member deployed from Hawaii.

Some 91 U.S. servicemembers were killed last year in the country.

The military also reported a separate incident which wounded two Afghan border policemen, killed a suspected insurgent and wounded another.

That firefight, which happened south of Khost, did not injure any U.S. forces, the military said. The two border guards were medically evacuated to a U.S. forward operating base for treatment and were listed Monday afternoon in stable condition.


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