Local officials: Abducted U.S. service member killed

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) — One American service member who was 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.

Darwish told CNN the body was found in the Patanak Mountains of Charkh district. He also said the vehicle the men were driving was located Sunday.

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 a firefight broke out, killing one of the Americans, Mujahid said. The other is alive and being held in a safe location, he said

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