US service member killed in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON — A US service member was killed Tuesday by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, NATO coalition authorities said.

The US service member who was killed in Lashkar Gah was part of the existing 500 troops already in Helmand Province working to do counter terrorism training and advise missions, according to a coalition official.

One other US service member and six Afghan soldiers were injured in the blast.

Officials have not yet identified the service member who was killed, pending next-of-kin notification.