Soldier charged in 3 Afghan civilian deaths: Army

A US soldier was charged with murder in the deaths of three Afghan civilians, the Army has said.

Last Updated: Jun 05, 2010, 12:04 PM IST

Washington: A US soldier was charged with
murder in the deaths of three Afghan civilians, the Army has
said.

Spc Jeremy Morlock had been charged with three counts of
premeditated murder and one count of assault, a statement from
the Army said.

Morlock, 22, is an infantryman assigned to B Company, 2nd
Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat
Team. He entered the military in June 2006.

Morlock deployed in July 2009 with his unit in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom. He redeployed on June 3, and was
placed in pretrial confinement.

About 10 members of an Army unit based at Fort Lewis,
Washington, have been under investigation for up to three
civilian deaths in Afghanistan, along with other potential
wrongdoing, a senior military official said last month.

The official did not have details of the investigation
but confirmed that the 5th Stryker Brigade was under scrutiny.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he
was not authorised to discuss details of an investigation
being conducted in Afghanistan.

PTI