Search on for two US soldiers missing in Afghanistan

An abandoned vehicle and rumours of a death were all NATO had to offer Sunday as a massive manhunt for two missing US soldiers continued over Taliban territory in eastern Afghanistan.

Two days after the soldiers went missing in Logar province, south of Kabul, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said it had no fresh information on their whereabouts. After denying for 24 hours that they were involved, a Taliban spokesman Sunday claimed the insurgents had ambushed the pair, killing one and taking the other captive.

“One of the two was killed in the exchange of fire and we arrested the second alive,” said Zabihullah Mujahid, speaking by telephone from an undisclosed location.