Army: Unborn baby not among Afghan shooting victims

Army: Unborn baby not among Afghan shooting victims

Credit: AFP/Getty Images

A villager points to a spot where a family was allegedly shot in their residence by a rogue US soldier in Alkozai village of Panjwayi district, Kandahar province on March 11, 2012. An AFP reporter counted 16 bodies -- including women and children -- in three Afghan houses after a rogue US soldier walked out of his base and began shooting civilians early Sunday. NATO's International Security Assistance Force said it had arrested a soldier "in connection to an incident that resulted in Afghan casualties in Kandahar province", without giving a figure for the dead or wounded. AFP PHOTO/ MAMOON DURRANI (Photo credit should read Mamoon Durrani/AFP/Getty Images)

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 26, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 26 at 3:01 PM

KABUL, Afghanistan – The U.S. Army said Monday an unborn child was not among the 17 alleged Afghan murder victims of Joint Base Lewis-McChord Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, disputing an earlier report.

The New York Times, citing a senior Afghan police official, reported that one of the women Bales is accused of killing in the March 11 massacre was pregnant

But Army Lt. Col. Jimmie E. Cummings, Jr., a spokesman for NATO’s ISAF and U.S. Forces – Afghanistan tells MSNBC.com, “The 17th is not from a pregnant female or any of the wounded passing away. At this time, the evidence available to the prosecution team indicates 17 victims of premeditated murder and 6 victims of assault and attempted premeditated murder.”

Cummings added that the dead included four men, four women and nine children.

Bales is being held at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
 

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