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US soldier beaten after reporting crimes: officials

Source: AFP
US soldier beaten after reporting crimes: officials
Tue May 25, 7:39 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A US soldier who blew the whistle on his comrades over possible drug use and the deaths of three civilians in southern Afghanistan suffered a severe beating in retaliation, officials said Tuesday.

The soldier was beaten after telling authorities about illicit drugs and then, while recovering in hospital, recounted his comrades' alleged role in the deaths of three Afghan civilians, said two officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The soldier was "beaten within an inch of his life," one of the officials told AFP.

One soldier has been placed in detention in the case and authorities said last week the probe was launched this month after receiving "credible information" from the soldiers' unit earlier this month. LinkHere


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