US Soldier Held After Killing 5 at Baghdad Base

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2009 11:06 AM CDT
Iraqi army soldiers evacuate a colleague who simulates injury during a training course in Baghdad, May 6, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A US soldier has been charged today with killing five in a shooting at the stress clinic at an American base in Baghdad today, the AP now reports; earlier bulletins said the shooter died of self-inflicted wounds. A US officer said the clinic is for soldiers seeking relief from combat stress, but couldn’t confirm if the dead were other soldiers or clinic workers.

“The shooter is a US soldier and he is in custody,” a Marine spokesman told the Times of London. The toll was the highest for US personnel in a single attack since April 10, when a suicide truck driver killed five American soldiers with a blast near a police headquarters in the northern city of Mosul.