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Air Force serviceman arrested for ‘DELIBERATELY’ setting off explosives in Syria base, injuring four

US Air Force soldier arrested in US for detonating ‘INTENDED’ explosives through an munitions area and shower facility at Syrian base injuring four soldiers

  • The Pentagon declined to release the aviator’s name, but noted he was an explosives expert
  • An Air Force spokesman said the soldier has not been charged because it is “too early in the trial”.
  • The US military initially reported that the attack was a small artillery strike by a local anti-US militia, which is not uncommon in the country.

A US pilot has been arrested for allegedly placing and detonating explosives near the shower facilities and ammunition storage of a US military base in Syria.

The Pentagon declined to release the suspect’s name or motivation for the attack, which injured four soldiers, but said he was an explosives expert. The New York Times reported.

The pilot was detained and was being held in the US after returning home from a mission trip in Syria, Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said.

Stefanek said the pilot had not been charged and said it was “too early in the trial” for charges.

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US soldiers stationed in northeastern Syria.  About 900 US military personnel remain deployed in the country

US soldiers stationed in northeastern Syria. About 900 US military personnel remain deployed in the country

“As part of an ongoing investigation, an Airman was taken into custody on June 16 in connection with the attack in Green Village, Syria,” Stefanek said in a statement.

“After studying the information in the investigation, the pilot’s commander has made the decision to place him in pre-trial detention.”

In the April 7 attack on the base in Green Village, in Syria’s Deir ez Zor province, four US soldiers suffered traumatic brain injuries. By the end of the month, they returned to their service.

The US military initially reported that the attack was a small artillery strike by a local anti-US militia group, carried out sporadically against the approximately 900 US troops still stationed in the country.

The Pentagon declined to release the aviator's name, but noted he was an explosives expert

The Pentagon declined to release the aviator’s name, but noted that he was an explosives expert

A week later, the military said further investigations showed the blast was the result of “deliberate placement of explosives” in an ammunition storage room and shower facility, and officials said they were investigating the possibility of an insider attack.

Two military officials said: CNN that the explosives used ‘not unimportant’ and said they were more destructive than a hand grenade. Officials called the explosives “military class.”

The insider attack is under investigation by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and the Army Criminal Investigation Division.

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