A US service member has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said in a statement Saturday.
Earlier this month, Maj. Brent R. Taylor was killed in Afghanistan and returned home to Utah.
According to Voice of America, authorities in Afghanistan say unknown gunmen assassinated a top Islamic cleric Saturday in Kabul, while insurgent operations elsewhere in the volatile country killed an American service member and two Afghan soldiers.
City police found the body of Mawlawi Abdul Basir Haqqani, the deputy head of Kabul's religious council, in Chehel Sotun area of the capital.
No-one immediately claimed responsibility for the deadly attack.
Separately, NATO's Resolute Support mission said a US soldier was killed in action in Afghanistan Saturday.
The brief announcement promised more details later about the incident, including the identity of the slain service member.
Meanwhile, two Afghan soldiers were killed and six others wounded when a military helicopter transporting reinforcements made an emergency landing Saturday in the troubled Maruf district in southern Kandahar province.
While officials cited "a technical fault" for causing the incident, Taliban insurgents claimed they shot down the army helicopter in Maruf, which is located close to the border with Pakistan.
Afghan security forces continue to suffer heavy casualties while battling the Taliban and other insurgent groups.
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