Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque is seen in an undated family photo. Checque, 28, was killed near Kabul, Afghanistan, on Dec. 8, while rescuing Dr. Dilip Joseph, an adviser for Morning Star Development who was abducted last week. (Family photo via Navy)
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MONROEVILLE, Pa. The Defense Department says a Navy SEAL killed during a rescue operation in Afghanistan was a Pittsburgh-area man.
Defense officials are identifying the man as 28-year-old Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque of Monroeville. That's about 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.
Checque died of combat related injuries suffered Saturday near Kabul, Afghanistan.
Pentagon officials had previously said a SEAL was killed rescuing Dr. Dilip Joseph, an adviser for Morning Star Development who was abducted last week. He was rescued after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death.
Joseph was rescued by SEAL Team 6, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden last year. It was not immediately clear if Checque was present for the raid on bin Laden.