Coalition soldier missing in Afghanistan is found dead
By Alexandra Zavis and Hashmat Baktash
December 30, 2012, 8:54 a.m.
KABUL, Afghanistan — A Georgian soldier who went missing in Afghanistan this month has been found dead, local and international officials said Sunday.
The soldier, identified as Sgt. Giorgi Kikadze, disappeared Dec. 19 in the southern province of Helmand, which is at the center of the Taliban insurgency.
Acting on a tip from a local villager, Afghan police accompanied by international troops recovered the soldier’s body Saturday from an empty house in Helmand’s Musa Qala district, not far from his base, said district Gov. Nemat Khan. He had been shot four times in the head, the governor said.
A statement from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led force in Afghanistan said police found the soldier’s body and turned him over to international troops. An investigation is underway into the circumstances of his capture and death, the statement said without elaborating.