8 US soldiers charged in soldier's death

2011-12-21 20:20

New York - The US Army says eight American soldiers have been charged in connection with the death on October 3 of a fellow soldier in southern Afghanistan.

Private Danny Chen, 19, was found in a guard tower in Kandahar province with what the Army described as "an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound".

In a statement, the military said the eight soldiers from Chen's company faced charges ranging from dereliction of duty, assault, negligent homicide and involuntary manslaughter.

Further details were not immediately available. The Army announced in October that it was investigating Chen's death.