American Engineer Found Murdered in Kabul

Posted September 6th, 2011 at 3:45 pm (UTC-5)
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Afghan intelligence officials say an American civilian engineer has been found murdered in Kabul.

The officials, who did not want to be named, told news agencies Tuesday that the man's body was found in the Afghan capital the day before.

Military sources identified the victim as James W. Coker. Western sources say Coker had gone missing before he was found dead.

On Monday, NATO said that a U.S. Department of Defense civilian employee had died in eastern Afghanistan, but gave no other details.

Despite tight security in the Afghan capital, insurgents have been able to carry out high-profile attacks in Kabul.

Also Tuesday, Afghan authorities recovered the bodies of two Germans who disappeared last month while hiking in northern Afghanistan.

The bodies were discovered Monday in a remote area near the Salang Pass in Parwan province.

Afghan security forces traveled by foot through the Hindu Kush mountains to retrieve the Germans' bodies on Tuesday. Initial reports indicated the two had been shot, but the cause of death remains unclear.

Afghan authorities handed the bodies over to U.S. troops.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has confirmed that two bodies were found in Parwan but refused to give any other details until they have been identified.

No one has taken responsibility for kidnapping the Germans.

Separately, Afghan officials say a roadside bomb Tuesday killed a district governor and three of his bodyguards in the eastern province of Nangarhar. Sherzad district chief Asel Ahmad Khogyani was killed when the blast hit his vehicle.