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Second US sailor's body recovered

The body of a second US Navy sailor who went missing in eastern Afghanistan has been recovered.

An unnamed US military official said the family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, who went missing on Logar province last Friday, has been informed of his death.

Mr Newlove, from the Seattle area, disappeared along with Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley. Nato recovered the body of Mr McNeley - a 30-year-old father-of-two from Wheatridge, Colorado - in the area on Sunday.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that the "body of a dead American soldier for the US forces" had been left to be recovered on Tuesday. He said Mr McNeley was killed in a gunfight and insurgents had captured Mr Newlove. Mujahid offered no explanation for Mr Newlove's death.

Nato officials have not offered an explanation as to why the two service members were in such a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan.

The sailors were instructors at a counterinsurgency school for Afghan security forces, according to senior military sources. The school was situated in Kabul and had classrooms outside the capital, but they were never assigned anywhere near where Mr McNeley's body was recovered, officials said.

The chief of police of Logar province, General Mustafa Mosseini, said coalition troops removed Mr Newlove's body on Wednesday. Gen Mosseini said he believed the body washed downstream after rain on Tuesday.

Mohammad Rahim Amin, the local government chief in Baraki Barak district, also said coalition forces recovered a body and flew it by helicopter to a coalition base in Logar province, about 40 miles away.

"The coalition told our criminal police director of the district that the body belonged to the foreign soldier they were looking for," Mr Amin said.

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