PESHAWAR: A US soldier was killed in Afghanistan during an action on Thursday, the Resolute Support Mission said.

“We mourn and honor the sacrifice of our service member,” said Resolute Support and United States Forces — Afghanistan Commanding General Scott Miller in a statement. “We remain committed.”

The soldier had been assigned to Nato’s Resolute Support Mission, which trains and assists Afghan security forces. An investigation was under way into the soldier’s death, Nato said, without releasing their identity or details about where the incident took place.

It was seventh American service member to die in the war-torn country this year. More than 2,000 American soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the start of the war in 2001.

The Taliban militants claimed they blew up a US armored vehicle in Garmser district in the southern province of Helmand, killing the soldiers on board.

Currently, there are about 14,000 US troops in Afghanistan, providing the main component of the Nato mission there to support and train local forces.

Meanwhile, Afghan officials said at least five civilians have been killed in roadside bomb blasts in separate attacks.

In a separate incident, Taliban militants destroyed a five-kilometre portion of the Ghazni-Paktika highway.