US soldier to be charged with 17 counts of murder in civillian killings

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, March 22, 2012

A U.S. official says Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.

The official says charges against Bales also include six counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault and other violations of military law. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges had not been announced.

The 38-year-old soldier allegedly gunned down nine Afghan children and eight adults as they slept in their homes in two southern villages.

(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)


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