US: Solider from NJ who died in Afghanistan was seizing Taliban weapons cache

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WASHINGTON -

A U.S. Special Forces soldier from Bergen County who died in Afghanistan earlier this week was seizing a Taliban weapons cache when he was killed, the U.S. military said Friday.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Goble was with his unit when its members discovered an undisclosed amount of Taliban weapons in Kunduz Province, said Eric Pahon, a spokesman for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Pahon said Goble and others were clearing out the cache when an explosion happened.

Pahon said the Taliban wrongly claimed that the service members were in a convoy and targeted by a roadside bomb during a raid.

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Goble, 33, of Washington Township, was killed Monday and an Afghan service member was wounded. Goble served with the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group.

Details about what type of weapon or ammunition exploded are still under investigation.

Goble’s remains were returned to the United States on Christmas morning. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Goble leaves behind a daughter. A GoFundMe page for his family has raised over $137,000.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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