AFGHANISTAN-- A US official says a navy seal was killed in Afghanistan this weekend while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., died of combat related injuries suffered Dec. 8, near Kabul, Afghanistan.
Our partners at the Pilot report that Checque belonged to the naval special warfare development group, more commonly known as Seal Team Six, based out of Virginia Beach.
It was a daring rescue mission, under the cover of darkness, to free an American held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Last Wednesday, an American doctor, Dilop Joseph, and two other aid workers were taken hostage while working for a charity called Morning Star Development.
After a series of negotiations, two of the workers were released on Saturday.
But that night, members of US and Afghan special forces, including the Navy's elite Seal Team Six, raided a Taliban camp to rescue Dr. Joseph.
It had been decided to start the operation since the assessment was that there was no immediate danger of injury or death to the individual.
The number of special forces troops that participated in the raid is unclear, but sources tell ABC News the team flew in by helicopter in the dark using night vision goggles.
They found Dr. Joseph being held in a group of Taliban huts, in a mountainous area of Afghanistan, just fifty miles from the Pakistani border.
There was a firefight and the special forces killed several Taliban.
Checque was also injured during the firefight and later died from his wounds.
In a statement, President Obama said the rescue mission showed the extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism that American troops show every day.