MiamiHerald / Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four American soldiers killed in an ambush in Niger last month, may have been kidnapped by Islamic State militants before he was killed, CBS News reported Friday.

Johnson, 25, was one of four soldiers killed Oct. 4 after they were hit with gunfire near the village of Tongo Tongo. Three of the soldiers’ bodies were recovered quickly, but Johnson’s was not for nearly 48 hours.

Nigerien sources said that Johnson’s body -which was found in bushes about half a mile from his fellow troops two days later – had been shot and his hands roped together, suggesting he had been captured.

Johnson’s death, already surrounded by questions about how he had become separated from the other troops, also drew national attention last month when President Donald Trump’s condolence call to his widow was criticized by his family and U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami Gardens, as insensitive and callous.


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