U.S. military investigates reports Islamic militants executed Sgt. La David Johnson

The U.S. Africa Command says it has sent a joint team with the Niger military to the village of Tongo Tongo to investigate the Oct. 4 attack by extremists that left four American and four Nigerien soldiers dead.

AFRICOM said Sunday that the on-site investigation is part of a wider review across the U.S., Africa and Europe and by multiple agencies to determine how the attack took place.

The U.S. command team is interviewing residents around Tonga Tonga, visiting relevant areas and retracing steps taken before the ambush.

The Pentagon has said its investigation won't be finished until at least January.

Questions have arisen over whether the soldiers' commando unit was carrying out its assigned mission when it was ambushed about 120 miles north of Niamey.

Reporters with Reuters, ABC News, CBS News and The Washington Post spoke to villagers who said that when children found Johnson's remains, he appeared to have been shot in the head and  his hands were bound. The reports suggested Islamic militants had executed him. 

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