A Marine unit that includes some special operations troops under investigation for their involvement in a shooting in Afghanistan is returning to North Carolina.
A military spokesman says the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit is
due back at Camp Lejeune in late June or early July.
The company commander, senior sergeant and six members of a
special operations company were sent back to Lejeune in April after
the March fourth shooting. The company, from the Second Marine
Special Operations Battalion at Lejeune, was assigned to the 26th
Marine Expeditionary Unit.
An Afghanistan human rights commission says the shooting left 12
people dead, including a one-year-old boy, a four-year-old girl and
three women. The commission's report says 35 people were wounded
and the Marines fired indiscriminately along a ten-mile section of
road after a minivan loaded with explosives rammed their convoy.
The military's investigating is pending.