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(WASHINGTON) — The Pentagon has identified Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas Checque as the Navy SEAL who was killed in the successful rescue of an American doctor from the Taliban over the weekend.

Checque, who hailed from Monroeville, Pa., died of “combat related injuries,” according to a Pentagon release. Though the release only said Checque was assigned to “an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit,” ABC News previously reported the fallen servicemember was a part of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden.

Checque, 28, sustained his injuries while on a nighttime mission to free Dr. Dilip Joseph, an American doctor who worked for a non-governmental organization based in Kabul. Joseph was kidnapped by the Taliban earlier this month and American officials believed he was in imminent danger.

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