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Witness: Shells Discarded After Marine Shooting In Afghanistan

An Army police officer has told a military investigative panel that brass shell casings collected after a fatal Marine-involved shooting in Afghanistan were
discarded.

First Lieutenant Leah Miller testified Monday that soldiers gathered casings along a roadway shortly after a Marine unit opened fire after a car bombing. She said the casings were put in an evidence bag and stored at her unit's base but were later thrown away.

The Marines have said the bombing initiated a well-planned ambush on their convoy, but an Afghan human rights organization said Marines fired indiscriminately at pedestrians and motorists.

The shootings killed as many as 19 Afghan civilians.

Miller's testimony came during a Court of Inquiry, which will recommend whether two officers involved in the shootings be charged.


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