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Missing US soldier's body found in Afghan river

world Updated: Nov 11, 2009 17:20 IST
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Military divers have found the body of one of two US soldiers who went missing last week as they tried to recover airdropped supplies that fell into a river in western Afghanistan, NATO said on Wednesday.

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 Defence 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 suicide bomber on a motorcycle detonated his explosives near a NATO military convoy in the
province of Zabul, killing a man and a woman and wounding another three passers-by, the province's governor said.

Gulab Shah Ali Khail said the bomber struck in the district of Shajoy. Afghan Army officer Aimal Khan also said the motorcycle bomber killed two and wounded three.