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Villagers: US Soldier Killed in Niger Was Bound, Head Severely Wounded

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By    |   Friday, 10 November 2017 09:31 PM

The body of Army Sgt. La David Johnson was found by villagers in the West African nation of Niger, who told local officials his arms were tied behind his back and he had a severe head wound, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Johnson was one of four U.S. soldiers killed Oct. 4 in Niger in an apparent ambush in the village of Tongo Tongo by assailants thought to be with the Islamic State. Five Nigerian soldiers also died in the attack.

The three other American soldiers were reportedly found near their vehicle, while Johnson's body was found two days later. Adamou Boubacar, a farmer and trader, said children tending cattle found Johnson's body two days after the attack and alerted him.

Boubacar went to the area, a bushy site about a mile from where the ambush took place, and found Johnson's body face down and said the back of his head looked like it had been hit with some object. His said his wrists were bound with rope.

Speculation has pointed to the possibility that Johnson was kidnapped and killed by the militant attackers.

Boubacar said he reported the finding to the village chief, Mounkaila Alassane, who called Nigerian military forces to retrieve the remains.

"The back of his head was a mess, as if they had hit him with something hard, like a hammer," explained Alassane, who said he also saw the body. "They took his shoes. He was wearing only socks."

Unnamed U.S. military officials confirmed that Johnson's body had been beaten, but said his hands were not bound.

Two Tongo Tongo villagers said they saw the bodies of the other U.S. soldiers killed in the attack, Staff Sgts. Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson and Dustin Wright. They said one was slumped inside the team's pickup truck and the two other soldiers were on the ground. One was holding a walkie-talkie.

The soldiers found at the attack site were wearing t-shirts and boxer shorts. It is unclear if the attackers took off their uniforms.

The American soldiers were apparently lightly armed in an area known for dangerous insurgent activity, the article stated. The Pentagon is conducting an investigation into the incident.

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The body of Army Sgt. La David Johnson was found by villagers in the West African nation of Niger, who told local officials his arms were tied behind his back and he had a severe head wound, The Washington Post reported Friday.
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