US Army recommends trial for Afghanistan suicide

Kabul: US military investigators have recommended a court martial for four American troops over the suicide of their fellow infantryman who shot himself in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan.

Pvt Danny Chen from New York City shot himself on October 3 after what investigators say were weeks of racial slurs, humiliation and physical abuse by his colleagues.

The US military said today that the four being recommended for court-martial are Staff Sgt Andrew Van Bockel of Aberdeen, South Dakota; Sgt Jeffrey Hurst of Brooklyn, Iowa; Sgt Adam Holcomb of Youngstown, Ohio, and Spc Thomas Curtis of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

They face charges ranging from maltreatment to negligent homicide.

Four other US soldiers are facing charges in the case.