WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has identified the Navy SEAL killed during the weekend rescue mission in Afghanistan as Petty Officer First Class Nicolas D. Checque of Monroeville, Pa., outside Pittsburgh.
A Defense Department statement says Checque, 28, died of combat-related injuries but gave no further details of the mission.
He was among members of SEAL Team Six, which freed an American doctor, Dilip Joseph, who was abducted by the Taliban.
It is the same team that killed Osama bin Laden last year, but it's unclear whether Checque was on the bin Laden mission.
An unidentified man who answered a relative's phone in Washington County, where Checque's father lives, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the family "has asked that everybody respect their privacy at this time of grief and they do not wish to be contacted." The man would not identify himself.