US troops charged over death of fellow soldier

December 21, 2011 19:58


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KABUL - Eight US soldiers have been charged in connection with the October death of Private Danny Chen, who was found in a guard tower in southern Afghanistan after apparently shooting himself, NATO-led forces in Afghanistan said on Wednesday.

Chen's platoon leader, 1st Lieutenant Daniel Schwartz, is among the accused, charged with dereliction of duty. Five other soldiers face charges including involuntary manslaughter, assault and negligent homicide.

The charges were the result of a commander's inquiry into the death of 19 year-old Chen, an only child from the Manhattan Chinatown community in New York.

An Army criminal investigation into the circumstances of Chen's death remains open, said a spokesman for the US Army's Criminal Investigation Command.

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