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Murder Charges Filed In Iraq Soldier Shooting

A U.S. officer says a U.S. Army sergeant has been charged with five counts of murder and one count of aggravated assault in the fatal shooting at a military counseling clinic in Baghdad.

Maj. Gen. David Perkins told reporters Tuesday that the charges were filed against Sgt. John M. Russell of the 54th Engineering Battalion based in Bamberg, Germany. Russell was taken into custody following the Monday shooting at Camp Liberty that killed five soldiers.

Perkins said the dead included two doctors -- one from the Navy and the other from the Army. The other three dead were enlisted personnel.

He says a probe has also begun into whether the Army has enough mental health facilities in Iraq.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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