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An American soldier supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan was killed in action in the eastern part of that country Saturday, April 8, 2017, a U.S. official announced.

An American soldier supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel in Afghanistan was killed in action in the eastern part of that country Saturday, April 8, 2017, a U.S. official announced. (Photo illustration by Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes)

A U.S. soldier was found dead Friday night, four days after he was reported missing. The soldier belonged to a National Guard unit and was two months into what was supposed to be a six-month assignment with U.S. Army Africa, officials said Sunday.

The soldier, 32, had been living alone in an apartment in town, and had been "as far as we know, pretty much a model soldier," said Jeff Alderson, a USARAF spokesman. "It was definitely considered out of character when he didn't show up for work on Tuesday morning."

His body was discovered Friday night in a seedy, industrial part of town. Officials did not say where or by whom. Information about the cause and manner of death was also unavailable.

Alderson said that the last positive identification of the soldier was at 9:30 p.m. Monday when he was seen getting into a taxi outside the base.

According to Italian media, the soldier had spent Monday night at a disco a few kilometers from where his body was found. The soldier was expected to be identified Monday after family notification.

montgomery.nancy@stripes.com

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Nancy is an Italy-based reporter for Stars and Stripes who writes about military health, legal and social issues. An upstate New York native who served three years in the U.S. Army before graduating from the University of Arizona, she previously worked at The Anchorage Daily News and The Seattle Times. Over her nearly 40-year journalism career she’s won several regional and national awards for her stories and was part of a newsroom-wide team at the Anchorage Daily News that was awarded the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

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