Villagers say United States soldier in Niger was bound, apparently executed

Report reveals why one U.S. soldier’s body was found a mile away from Niger ambush

Now, The Washington Post reports he might have been executed.

Boubacar said he viewed the body October 6, two days after the attack outside the remote Niger village of Tongo Tongo. The military wouldn't allow his widow, Myeisha Johnson, to see his body, offering the severity of her husband's body's condition as the reason.

Two villagers who said they were among the first to find the body of Sgt. Special Forces - or Green Berets - killed in an ambush believed to have been orchestrated by militants linked to the Islamic State group in Niger.

He added the Army sergeant was found stripped of his shoes and his arms bound with rope. La David Johnson face-down in a bushy area, with his wrists tied behind his back and a wound to the back of his head possibly caused by a gunshot or hammer, the Post reported. After that, Boubacar told the village chief and Chief Mounkaila Alassane relayed the information to the Nigerian military forces.

The soldier's widow, Myeshia Johnson, was told not to view her husband's body when he was returned to the US, advice usually given when a body is badly damaged. Trump had said "her husband knew what he signed up for" when he joined the Army.

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Myeshia Johnson also complained that Trump "couldn't remember my husband's name" and referred to him as "your guy", which the president denied on Twitter, his usual personal press medium.

Many questions remain about the attack. Five Nigerien soldiers also died in the attack.

An unnamed USA military official told the paper that Johnson's hands were not tied when Americans received his body, but the body was battered.

As reported by The Root, the Pentagon is now investigating the circumstance of the attack.

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