SEAL Team 6 member killed in Afghan rescue identified

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A member of the same elite U.S. special operations team that killed Osama bin Laden was himself killed during a weekend rescue mission in Afghanistan to free an American doctor abducted by the Taliban. CBS News National Security correspondent David Martin reports the member of SEAL Team 6 killed in the rescue mission has been identified as 28-year-old Petty Officer First Class Nicolas Checque of Monroeville, Pa.

He was killed by a single shot to the head during the mission to rescue Dr. Dilip Joseph, Martin reports.

Martin reports seven alleged Taliban militants were killed in the operation to free the doctor, who was captured outside of Kabul five days ago. There was no further information available on the operation.

President Obama praised the special forces on Sunday, saying the mission was characteristic of U.S. troops’ “extraordinary courage, skill and patriotism.”

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