According to an Army Times report from Wednesday afternoon, a soldier assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama, was arrested Tuesday after brutally attacking another soldier.
According to a statement from the post’s top spokesperson, Lt. Col. Andy Thaggard, Pvt. Abdul N. Latifu, 21, of the Bronx, New York City, died from injuries sustained in the attack.
“On behalf of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, I extend our deepest condolences to Pvt. Latifu’s family, friends, and community. Together we mourn the loss of a promising young Soldier,” said Maj. Gen. Michael C. McCurry, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commander. “Our hearts are with the families and units impacted by the incident, and we are focused on taking care of Soldiers, families, and leaders.”
Both soldiers were enrolled in advanced individual training, the second stage of enlisted basic training.
Officials have not yet identified the alleged perpetrator.
A source with knowledge of the incident told Army Times that the attacker used an Army-issued entrenching tool — a small steel folding shovel — in the assault, requesting anonymity in order to share information from the preliminary investigation, which has not yet been released to the public.
Thaggard went on to say that the attack is “under investigation.”
The cause of the attack is unknown, but the service’s Criminal Investigation Division is looking into it. According to a statement sent to Army Times on Wednesday evening, there is no evidence that the incident was motivated by hatred.
Counselors and chaplains are available at Fort Rucker to assist those in need.
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