Missing US soldier's body found in Afghanistan
Military divers have found the body of one of two U.S. soldiers who went missing last week as they tried to recover airdropped supplies that fell into a river in western Afghanistan, NATO said Wednesday, AP reported.
The two paratroopers, from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, disappeared in Badghis province, a remote area that borders Turkmenistan, on Nov. 4. Local police had said the two had been swept away by the river as they tried to recover the supplies.
Afghan and international forces are still searching for the second soldier, NATO said in a statement.
During the first days of the search, intense fighting broke out with militants in the area. Eight Afghans - four soldiers, three policemen and an interpreter - were killed, while 17 Afghan troops and five American soldiers were wounded.
Afghanistan's Defense Ministry had said at the time that the deaths and injuries likely happened "during an air attack by NATO forces" during the fighting.
NATO has said authorities are investigating whether some of the casualties were caused by a friendly fire airstrike.
Separately in the south, a bomb attack struck a NATO military convoy in the province of Zabul, causing injuries, NATO and Afghan officials said.
Tech. Sgt. Angela Eggman, a NATO spokeswoman, said a military convoy had been hit by an explosion in Zabul that had wounded both Afghan locals and international troops. She did not have any further details.
Afghan authorities said the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle in Shajoy district. Afghan Army officer Aimal Khan said two civilians were killed and three were wounded.