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US soldier die due to non-battle incident in Afghanistan

By Meena Haseeb - Sat Dec 15 2012, 11:58 am

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A US soldier died following a non-battle related injury in southern Afghanistan on Friday.

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force following a statement announced, “A U.S. Forces-Afghanistan service member died as a result of a non-battle related injury Dec. 14 in southern Afghanistan.”

The source did not disclose further information regarding the exact location of the incident and identity of the deceased soldier saying, “It is USFOR-A policy to defer casualty identification procedures to the U.S. Department of Defense.”

In the meantime reports suggest that the US soldier was killed Friday after he opened fire at officers at an Army base in the state of Texas.

Officers at Fort Hood found a suspicious vehicle parked near the main gate of the base in the early morning, officials quoted by The Houston Chronicle said.

While officers approached the car, the soldier sitting in the car shot at them and they returned fire, said the media report.

Officials were quoted as saying that although officers tried life-saving measures, the soldier died before emergency medical personnel arrived. No officers were injured.

An investigation was on. The 30-year-old soldier, whose name was not immediately released, was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, investigators said.

On Nov 5, 2009, 13 soldiers and civilians were killed and more than two dozen others wounded when a gunman walked into the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood and opened fire.

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