August 11, 2011 at 8:22 a.m.

Local man loses life in Afghanistan

Local man loses life in Afghanistan
Local man loses life in Afghanistan

A Chisago Lakes High School graduate was reportedly killed serving his country as a member of the elite Navy SEAL team. Military authorities have not confirmed publicly the death of Nicholas Spehar of Chisago City. But a family member did speak briefly with the Star Tribune stating that the 24-year-old was among those killed very early Saturday, Aug. 6 in Afghanistan.

According to various reports the helicopter was carrying a team performing a night raid in Wardak Province, about 60 miles outside of Kabul. It was struck by a rocket propelled grenade.

The deaths are the worst single loss for U.S. forces since the war began. NATO was working to recover the helicopter debris and family members of the victims have not had an opportunity to claim their loved ones or make arrangements.

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