Rescued doctor's family extends condolences

This undated handout photo digitally altered at source to remove the background and provided by the family and the Navy shows Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque. The Department of Defense says Checque, 28, of Monroeville, Pa., was killed near Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Dec. 8, while rescuing Dr. Dilip Joseph, an adviser for Morning Star Development who was abducted last week. (AP Photo/Family photo via U.S. Navy)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The family of a Colorado doctor abducted by the Taliban and freed in Afghanistan is extending condolences to the family of a Navy SEAL killed in the rescue.

Petty Officer 1st Class Nicolas D. Checque (Check) of Monroeville, Penn. was killed in the weekend raid. He was a member of SEAL Team Six, the same unit that killed Osama bin Laden last year.

The military says Dr. Dilip Joseph, an adviser for Colorado Springs-based Morning Star Development, was rescued Sunday morning after intelligence showed he was in imminent danger of injury or possible death.

In a statement issued by Morning Star-Development and attributed to the family, Joseph's family expressed gratitude for Checque's heroism and "for the bravery of all involved in the mission."