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Body of U.S. soldier killed in Niger returns home to Florida

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 00:40

The body of a U.S. Army Special Forces member killed in Niger was returned home to Miami, Florida on Tuesday (October 17). Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The body of a U.S. Army Special Forces member killed in Niger was returned home to Miami, Florida on Tuesday (October 17). The soldier, identified by local media as Sgt. La David Johnson, was one of four killed in an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger. The incident, which U.S. officials suspect was carried out by a local Islamic State affiliate, has thrown a spotlight on the U.S. counterterrorism mission in the West African country. From initial accounts, the 40-member patrol, which included about a dozen U.S. troops, came under a swift attack by militants riding in a dozen vehicles and on about 20 motorcycles. At least four Nigeriens were also killed and, according to one Niger security source, militants seized four vehicles in the ambush.

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Body of U.S. soldier killed in Niger returns home to Florida

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 00:40