Sgt. La David Johnson, Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, and Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson were killed in an ambush in Niger on October 4. The deaths of the four special forces soldiers has caused tremendous controversy. That controversy has deepened now that witnesses have come forward to talk about the way that Sgt. La David Johnson was killed.
Sgt. Johnson was separated from the rest of the unit during the ambush. That information has been led many to question the circumstances of his death. Though it remains unclear when he died, his body wasn’t recovered until the day after the firefight.
Now, villagers are talking about how Sgt. Johnson’s body was discovered. Nearly a mile away from where the firefight began, children tending to cattle found his body, bound, face down in a wooded area outside of the village of Tongo Tongo.
These villagers say that Sgt. Johnson’s hands were bound behind his back and that he’d been shot in the head.
Witnesses say that his hands were tied behind his back and that there was a gaping wound in the back of his head, The Washington Post reported.
The children, the Daily Mail reports, told Adamou Boubacar, a 23-year-old farmer and trader, what they’d found.
Boubacar went to investigate. He came back and told the chief, and he contacted the Nigerian military. This was October 6th.
“The back of his head was a mess, as if they had hit him with something hard, like a hammer,” the village chief, Mounkaila Alassane explained. “They took his shoes. He was wearing only socks.”
Alassane also noted that the three other soldiers were found wearing nothing but t-shirts and boxers, leading to speculation that the ISIS gunmen who killed them also took their uniforms.
The Pentagon is not commenting on the matter. “When the Americans received Johnson, his hands were not tied,” an official told the Washington Post.