Sunday 20 April 2014

Commando chief in Afghan 'suicide'

Navy SEAL Cdr Job Price died of a non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan, Afghanistan (AP/US Navy)

The US military is investigating the apparent suicide of a navy SEAL commander in Afghanistan.

Cmdr Job Price, 42, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, died on Saturday of a non-combat-related injury while supporting stability operations in Uruzgan province.

A US military official said the death "appears to be the result of suicide".

"The Naval Special Warfare family is deeply saddened by the loss of our teammate," said Captain Robert Smith, commander of Naval Special Warfare Group Two, which manages all Virginia-based US Navy SEAL teams.

"We extend our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and NSW community during this time of grieving.

"As we mourn the loss and honour the memory of our fallen team-mate, those he served with will continue to carry out the mission."

A US military official confirmed Cmdr Price was from Virginia Beach, Virginia-based SEAL Team 4, which is part of the mission to train local Afghan police to hold off the Taliban in remote parts of Afghanistan.

He leaves a wife and daughter.

Press Association

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