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U.S. soldier charged in Afghan shooting rampage


KABUL, Afghanistan (WKOW) – The U.S. military says Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has officially been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder for allegedly shooting and killing Afghan civilians on March 11.

Bales could be sentenced to death if convicted because premeditated murder is a capital offense.

Spokesman for U.S. forces in Afghanistan Colonel Gary Kolb says 38-year-old Bales was also charged with six counts of attempted murder and six counts of assault.

Bales, a father of two from Lake Tapps, Washington, is accused of leaving a U.S. military post and killing nine Afghan children and eight adults and burning some of the bodies in Panjwai district of Kandahar province. Six other Afghan civilians were wounded in the attack.

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