Published: Sep 06, 2011 6:47 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Family members and Western officials say an American civilian working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been strangled to death in Afghanistan.
    
Carrie Hughes says military officials came to her house in South Carolina on Monday to inform her that her father, James W. "Will" Coker, had been killed.
    
Kabul corps spokesman J.D. Hardesty confirmed that a corps employee had been killed but gave no further details.
    
A Western official in Kabul who was briefed on the incident said that the man was kidnapped from a power plant where he was working on the outskirts of Kabul, and his body was later found in a cave in nearby hills. He was strangled with a belt, the official said, speaking anonymously to discuss matters of intelligence.

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