British soldier killed, missing U.S. sailor found dead in Afghanistan

July 27th, 2010 - 3:14 pm ICT by BNO News  

KABUL (BNO NEWS) — A British service member was killed in Afghanistan on Monday while forces have recovered the remains of a missing U.S. sailor, officials said on Tuesday.

Two U.S. sailors went missing on Friday afternoon after they left their compound in Kabul City. NATO said the service members left in a vehicle but did not return.

“The unit dispatched vehicle and rotary-winged assets to search for them and their vehicle, and the search is ongoing,” the alliance earlier said in a statement.

The Taliban immediately said one of the missing service members had been shot dead, while the second American claimed to have been taken captive. NATO has refused to comment on those claims.

On Tuesday, NATO confirmed that Afghan and coalition forces recovered the remains of one of the missing service members. His body was recovered on Sunday.

“Afghan and coalition forces launched an extensive search-and-recovery operation when two servicemembers failed to report to their destination Friday,” NATO said in a news release. “We will continue this effort until our servicemember is recovered.”

The statement added to say that the alliance holds the captors accountable for the ’safety and proper treatment’ of its missing service member.

Colorado state Rep. Jim Kerr told The Denver Post that the killed service member is 30-year-old Justin McNeley, a father of two who was due to return to the United States next month.

“He was a young, full of energy, a good kid and a patriot defending his country,” Kerr said, according to the newspaper. A Navy spokesman declined to confirm the identity.

Also on Tuesday, the British Ministry of Defence confirmed that a British soldier from the 36 Engineer Regiment was killed on Monday while serving with the Counter-IED Task Force.

“He was part of a search team that was involved in an operation to provide security in Sangin District when tragically he was killed in an explosion,” said Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, a spokesman for Task Force Helmand. “He died seeking to improve the lives of local Afghans. He will be sorely missed by his many friends. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. We will remember him.”

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