U.S. soldier killed in action in Afghanistan

An American soldier supporting the U.S. counterterrorism mission in Afghanistan was killed in action in the eastern part of that country late Saturday, a U.S. official announced.

U.S. Navy Capt. Bill Slavin, a U.S. Forces-Afghanistan spokesman, said the soldier was killed while conducting operations against the Islamic State’s offshoot in Nangarhar province in a statement posted to Twitter.

This death marks the first U.S. combat fatality in Afghanistan this year. Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface, 34, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., died March 19, in Logar province from a noncombat incident.

Stars and Stripes reported that ten U.S. servicemembers were killed in hostile situations in Afghanistan in 2016. The last three as the result of suicide bomb attack during a Veterans Day 5K run at Bagram Air Field in November. Two American civilian contractors were also killed in the blast, which the Taliban claimed.