July 25th, 2010
04:09 PM ET

Local officials: 1 of 2 abducted U.S. service members killed

One of two American service members who were abducted in Afghanistan on Friday has been killed, provincial government officials said Sunday.

Den Mohammad Darwish, the spokesman for the governor of Logar province, said he learned from locals that the service member was killed. Hesaid the body was found in the Patanak Mountains of Charkh district. He also said the vehicle the men were driving was located Sunday.

A Taliban spokesman confirmed that the killed American died in a firefight and the other is being held by the group.

Another official, Samar Gul Rashid - who is the governor of the Charkh district in Logar province - also confirmed the killing, saying he learned about it through Afghan intelligence officials.

Three U.S. military officials told CNN the two service members are from the Navy. Rashid said the second sailor, who was also abducted, is wounded and still missing.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the two Americans were driving in a civilian vehicle in the village of Dasht, in Charkh district.

The Taliban wanted to take both men alive, but the firefight broke out, killing one of the Americans, Mujahid said. The other is alive and being held in a safe location, he said

There were no immediate demands from the Taliban for the return of the Americans because the group was still deliberating what its demands would be, Mujahid said.

The U.S. military declined official comment. "We cannot confirm anything at this time on this subject," said Lt. Cmdr. Katie Kendrick.

However, a U.S. military official confirmed that a $20,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the return of the two sailors. Posters were being distributed in the region.

Adm. Mike Mullen told reporters Sunday that he could not give out any information. But he did call it an "unusual circumstance" to have two individuals leave the base and drive over an hour away in a non-military vehicle.

The two went missing after leaving their compound in the Afghan capital of Kabul, NATO said.

An Afghan intelligence source told CNN that the two were abducted in Logar province, south of Kabul.

The development comes as five U.S. soldiers were killed in bombings in southern Afghanistan on Saturday.

CNN's Atia Abawi and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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  1. AnOldTimer

    And what are two sailors doing in landlocked Kabul, in the first place? And, how did they end up in an armoured car, which is hardly standard equipment for the US Navy? Then, what were they doing, driving into hostile Taliban country–who ordered them to go on a solo trip, and what were they supposed to accomplish? Could your reporters try to find answers to these questions, instead of repeating the official press releases over and over again? Do your jobs, reporters– get those questions answered, okay?

    July 26, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
    • BM1(SW)

      Well the reason the 2 sailors were in landlocked Kabul were due to the fact that the US Military is now sending Sailors (IA) to these places. as for the rest I would like answers as well since they are my shipmates and 1 is a good friend.

      July 26, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • bigcletus

      The two guys in the navy work in a u.s. army base and work under the army. and the base they come from required them to go into the city for several different reasons. both of them r really good friends of mine and it just sucks any way u look at it when they were suppose to go home so soon

      July 27, 2010 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jesus

    Why are sailors in landlocked Kabul? Are you kidding... let me count the ways... ummm Navy Corpsmen with the Marines, Navy Chaplin, Navy medical teams, Navy Sea-bees, Navy Seals, Navy EOD, Navy Pilots used for Air Liaison... etc etc etc. Not even mentioning IA (those sailors who serve with the Army). Answer your question? Also OLDTIMER, the reporters cannot report anything new until all families have been notified. So do your job, and use common sense.

    July 30, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
  3. evan Mark

    Please people, learn about The Taliban and how brutal these men are.
    You absolutely MUST see this...

    August 9, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |