Captured Afghan may have killed 2 US sailors

Kabul: NATO says an Afghan insurgent leader linked to the killing of two US sailors in July has been captured in eastern Afghanistan.

The coalition said today that the man was captured with two of his associates in Logar province near the Pakistani border. They say he was also responsible for planting bombs.

The claims could not be immediately verified. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley were driving through a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan when they became involved in a fire fight on July 23.

The bodies of both men were eventually recovered. NATO says yesterday's arrest was accomplished without firing any weapons.