The army is reviewing on-line photographs that purportedly present the physique of a U.S. soldier killed in an ambush in Niger final yr.
A Twitter person posted what seems to be a screengrab and wrote that an ISIS affiliate group broadcast a video exhibiting the October assault that killed Sgt. La David Johnson and three different U.S. Inexperienced Berets.
Twitter person @maboulmaaly wrote that the video, which lasts greater than 10 minutes, reveals “scenes of a screaming wounded soldier, along with the our bodies of three different useless American troopers.”
U.S. Africa Command issued a press release saying it was “conscious of a publish on Twitter purporting to point out a U.S. soldier from the Oct. four ambush in Tongo Tongo, Niger,” the Military Occasions reported.
“We’re reviewing the publish and figuring out the veracity of the tweet and the assertions that there’s an related video,” AFRICOM continued.
“We can’t remark additional on this situation, or the continued investigation associated to the Oct. four ambush till the investigation is full.”
Johnson, 25, was a part of a 12-member Military particular forces unit accompanying 30 Nigerien forces once they have been attacked in a densely wooded space by as many as 50 militants.
The our bodies of three Inexperienced Berets have been situated on the day of the assault, whereas Johnson’s stays have been discovered below a thick brush two days later.
The hole in time led to questions on whether or not Johnson was killed within the assault and never discovered, or if he was taken away by the enemy.
In keeping with the officers, a medical examination concluded that Johnson was shot as many as 18 occasions.
It’s believed he died within the assault and there have been no indications he was shot at shut vary, or had been sure or taken prisoner, as a number of media reviews have steered.
With Information Wire Companies