Soldier faces hearing at Afghan base over suicide

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Sgt. Van Bockel, Sgt. Holcomb, Sgt. Hurst, Spc. Curtis and Spc. Offutt were charged with the most serious offenses, including involuntary manslaughter, negligent homicide, and assault and battery.

The NATO-led force also said two service members in southern Afghanistan died Sunday of injuries that were not battle-related.

A coalition statement did not say whether the injuries were the result of an accident, suicide or other causes, and it did not provide the troops’ nationalities.

Sunday’s deaths bring to 16 the number of coalition troops who have died in Afghanistan this month.

On Saturday, a roadside bomb killed two Afghan police officers as they were driving home in the eastern province of Khost, provincial police Chief Sardar Mohammad Zazia said.

Both officers were members of a counternarcotics squad, he said. Khost lies along the border with Pakistan’s lawless northwestern tribal region and is a stronghold of the al-Qaeda-allied Haqqani network.

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