Officials release identity of suspect accused of killing 16 Afghan citizens

UNDATED (AP) - A lawyer representing the American soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan last weekend says the suspect is 38-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales from Lake Tapps, Washington.

The military had earlier declined to name the suspect. A senior U.S. official said today it was Bales. Seattle attorney John Henry Brown confirmed his client's identity.

Bales has yet to be charged. He's being moved from a military detention center in Kuwait.

He was taken there from southern Afghanistan, where the killings occurred. He's being flown from Kuwait to a military detention center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., the military's only maximum-security prison.

Neighbors in Bales' neighborhood in Washington state say they're shocked and can't believe Bales is the suspect in the massacre in which seven adults and nine children were killed.

The military says Bales served three tours in Iraq before being sent to Afghanistan.

He received sniper training and is assigned to the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, which is based in Washington state at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.


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