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Soldier From San Jose Killed In Afghanistan

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Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV of San Jose was killed in Afghanistan during an attack on July 5, 2011. (Department of Defense)

Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV of San Jose was killed in Afghanistan during an attack on July 5, 2011. (Department of Defense)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CBS / AP) — A soldier from the Bay Area has been killed in an attack in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense said 36-year-old Sgt. Nicanor Amper IV of San Jose died Tuesday in Khowst of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with a rocket-propelled grenade.

Amper was a cavalry scout assigned to the 6th Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.

Fort Knox said Amper began military service as a Marine in 1995 and transferred to the Army in 2005. He arrived at Fort Knox in January 2010.

Amper was on his first combat deployment.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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