WASHINGTON (AP) — A US soldier has been identified as a possible suspect in an April blast that injured several US troops at a base in eastern Syria.
Patrick Barnes, a spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Division, said in a statement that the potential suspect is in the United States and investigations by Army CID and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations are ongoing. Barnes did not reveal the suspect’s name.
The US military initially reported that the injuries were caused by artillery fire or some other form of indirect fire. However, it was later said the April 7 attack was carried out through the “deliberate placement of explosive charges” by one or more individuals at an ammunition dump and shower facility at the base known as Green Village.
The blasts hit two auxiliary buildings and four service members were evaluated for minor injuries and possible traumatic brain injuries.
The United States has stationed several hundred soldiers in eastern Syria to counter the Islamic State terrorist militia.
No charges were brought.
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