An Afghan military official tells CBS News that the body of a U.S. national was found beheaded on Monday in eastern Kabul, days after a civilian engineer went missing in the capital city.
Intelligence sources in Afghanistan told the Reuters news agency the body was that of the missing American civilian, and the international military coalition confirmed that a U.S. engineer had been killed.
The slain engineer was identified as James W. "Will" Coker by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for which he worked in Kabul as a construction contractor.
Kidnappings and targeted killings of foreigners are common in Afghanistan, but less so in the sprawling capital city, which has seen less impact from the Taliban- and al Qaeda-led insurgency plaguing many parts of the nation.
Coker was reported missing on Monday, but sources tell CBS News he actually disappeared on Sept. 2.