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American soldier in Niger could have been captured by Islamic militants

CBS Information has realized one of many 4 American troopers killed within the ambush in Niger could have been kidnapped by Islamic militants who opened fireplace on a bunch of U.S. and Nigerien troops in early October.

The Pentagon has not stated how Sgt. La David Johnson grew to become separated from the opposite troopers.

A whole lot of bullet casings and bushes stained with blood are proof of simply how intense the combating was on the website the place the group of American and Nigerien troopers got here underneath heavy fireplace. 

Terrified villagers stated the battled raged on for greater than two hours.

The troops had stopped for provides within the village of Tongo Tongo when closely armed attackers appeared on motorbikes and began capturing.

CBS Information

Initially, a number of fighters from a bunch linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) drew the troops to this spot. They burnt down that college after which pushed them on this course to the place the ambush really befell.

When it was over, village elder Adamou Bububaker stated he noticed three U.S. troopers slumped lifeless of their truck.

“Two of the our bodies had been within the automobile and one other on the bottom,” he stated. They’d been stripped of their uniforms.

However Johnson’s physique was discovered two days later, a few half a mile away. Nigerien army sources inform CBS Information they imagine ISIS fighters determined to attempt to kidnap Johnson.

The fighters later shot him and dumped his physique within the bushes, his palms roped collectively.

Nigerien army sources insist the mission was to seize a terrorist chief and never targeted on reconnaissance, because the Pentagon has said. Both approach, the troopers had been instructed to remain in a single day in territory the place greater than a dozen extremist teams are working.

Requested in the event that they had been taking too large of a threat, one Nigerien soldier would solely reply if we didn’t present his face.  

“Do you suppose you had been taking too large a threat?” Patta asks.

“The Individuals? Sure, they took a threat,” the soldier says.

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