Additional Remains of South Florida Soldier La David Johnson Found in Niger

Pauline Gross
November 22, 2017

La David Johnson, a Miami Gardens man who was among four USA soldiers killed in an ambush in the African nation of Niger in October.

The Pentagon announcement confirms his body was not found intact, and helps explains why his widow was discouraged from viewing his remains upon his return home last month.

Additional remains of a USA 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.

Johnson's body was found two days after the October 4 attack on the convoy of American and Nigerien forces by Islamic State-linked militants.

"Today, we can confirm that the Armed Forces Medical Examiner has positively identified these remains as those of Sergeant Johnson", White said in a statement, without giving any additional details. It's still unclear why he was left at a different location. La David Johnson were discovered in Niger earlier this month, the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday.

A joint US Africa Command and Niger military investigation team returned to Tongo Tongo, the village near where the attack took place on October 4.

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What happened to Johnson and how he became separated from the rest of the Green Beret-led team after it was attacked is one of the key mysteries surrounding the incident.

An investigation team from U.S. Africa Command discovered the remains November 12 at the site where Johnson's body was initially found outside the remote village of Tongo Tongo, where he and the other soldiers were killed during a fierce attack by as many as 50 Islamist militants.

CBS News and The Washington Post have reported eyewitnesses of the aftermath disclosing his hands were tied. The remains were later confirmed as those of Johnson, 25, a married father of two children.

Several US military officials caution the local reports are not yet verified. The team became separated during the firefight, U.S. officials and a Nigerien soldier told CNN.

As questions continue to mount about the Niger firefight that killed four US soldiers in early October, here's a timeline on what happened based on new details from the Department of Defense.

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. US-Nigerien forces managed to kill 20 militants during the firefight according to a defense official.

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