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A member of the Navy's elite SEAL Team Six was killed on Sunday during a mission that rescued an American doctor from kidnappers in Afghanistan. The doctor, Dilip Joseph (pictured), was abducted along with two other men last Wednesday after visiting a rural medical clinic in the eastern part of the country. Two of captives had been released on Saturday, but NATO officials say they believed that Joseph was in imminent danger of being harmed when they decided to launch the rescue mission. Joseph was freed from his captors, but the still-unidentified sailor was shot and killed during the raid.

President Obama issued a statement about the fallen solider saying "he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free." The SEAL who was killed was a member of the same Special Warfare Development Group that killed Osama bin Laden last year, but it wasn't known if this particular service member took part in that raid.

It was not entirely clear who was behind the kidnapping. U.S. sources said seven members of the Taliban were killed in the raid, but CNN reports that some Afghan sources believe they were merely smugglers. Afghan police captured the group's leader who told them where the captives were being held.

Joseph was kidnapped along with an Afghan doctor and another staffer for Morning Star Development on December 5, the non-profit organization providing health services to the country. The Afghan doctor's family reportedly paid a $12,000 ransom for his release. None of the hostages were injured.

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