Additional remains of U.S. soldier La David Johnson found in Niger

Additional remains of U.S. soldier La David Johnson found in Niger

Johnson's wife, Myeshia Johnson, had told ABC News in October the military barred her from seeing her husband's body, making her very suspicious of what was in the casket at his funeral in later that month.

During the subsequent gun battle, which lasted for hours, four United States soldiers were killed and two were wounded.

Additional remains of a US soldier killed in a mysterious Niger ambush were reportedly found in the African nation earlier this month - even though his funeral had already been held, with his widow questioning whether he was even in the casket.

"We extend our deepest condolences to all of the families of the fallen", it said in a statement.

Two villagers who found Sgt Johnson said his body had a gaping head wound and his hands had been bound.

The Pentagon is investigating his death, together with those of staff sergeants Bryan Black, Jeremiah Johnson and Dustin Wright. "They told me that he's in a severe wrap - like I won't be able to see him".

There are about 8,000 American troops in Niger, where the United States is building a drone base and employs special operators to train and assist Nigerien troops to conducted counterterrorism operations in the country. "I don't know nothing, they won't show me a finger, a hand". "I know my husband's body from head to toe, and they won't let me see anything", she said. "It could be empty, for all I know". It's unclear whether the soldiers' commando unit was carrying out its assigned mission at the time.

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Johnson was part of a 12-man USA special forces team that was ambushed October 4 by militants believed to be linked to the Islamic State.

Johnson's body was discovered two days after the attack, separated from the three other bodies.

Mr. Johnson's death also drew media attention after President Donald Trump called his widow in an exchange that she characterised as insensitive.

USA officials are also investigating local eyewitness reports Sgt. Johnson was found with his hands tied, a defense official told CNN earlier this month, though the USA military has not confirmed those accounts.

Trump hit back at Wilson and tweeted she "fabricated" his statement.

Trump responded on Twitter, calling Wilson "wacky" and accusing her of secretly listening. Chief of staff John Kelly also defended Trump and said he was "stunned" and "brokenhearted" that the event turned into a public and political spectacle.

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