View Full Version : Two US soldiers 'captured by Taliban' in Afghanistan

07-25-2010, 08:33 PM

American officials separately confirmed that two US soldiers serving with Nato forces were missing, but did not comment on the Taliban claims. In the eastern Afghanistan province of Logar, local radio broadcast offers of a $20,000 reward for information that led to the safe release of the pair.

"Early this morning two coalition personnel went missing," the announcement said. "They are believed to have been captured by insurgents somewhere in Logar province."They may have been separated from one another or maybe in the process of being moved to another location." A Taliban spokesman said that three servicemen with the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) had been captured but one had died. He did not give further details.

The soldiers were tracked and ambushed in a shoot-out by Taliban fighters as they drove through Logar in a four-wheel drive armoured vehicle, according to the account of a local Afghan chief. He also thought that one of men may have been killed and the other captured. Samer Gul, district chief of Charkh district in Logar province, said Saturday that the vehicle was seen on Friday night by a guard working for the district chief's office. The guard tried to flag down the vehicle, carrying a driver and a passenger, but it kept going, Mr Gul said.

''They stopped in the main bazaar of Charkh district. The Taliban saw them in the bazaar,'' he said. ''They didn't touch them in the bazaar, but notified other Taliban that a four-wheel vehicle was coming their way.'' The second group of Taliban tried to stop the vehicle. The insurgents opened fire and the two occupants in the vehicle shot back, he said, adding that one may have been killed and the other taken hostage by the Taliban.