Officials said the FBI is investigating an alleged attack by some male refugees against a female member of the US service near the Fort Bliss camp where they are being held.
The incident occurred on September 19 in the village of Doa Ana, a short distance across the border in New Mexico, where Fort Bliss is overseeing temporary housing for thousands of people from Afghanistan, base officials said. El Paso Times. Fort Bliss is located in Texas.
“We take the allegations seriously and have appropriately referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Fort Bliss officials told the newspaper in an emailed statement. “The safety and well-being of our service members as well as those at our establishments is of paramount importance.”
Special Agent Jeanette Harper of the FBI’s El Paso Division told a local ABC affiliate KVIA That his office was “investigating the allegation”.
Sources told the station that the woman had received medical care after the attack, which was not sexual in nature, but did not require hospitalisation.
Officials said that additional security and security measures are being taken in the premises. El Paso Times.
“Task Force-Bliss is implementing additional security measures at the Doa Ana complex including health and safety patrols, additional lighting and the Dost system,” officials said. “We will cooperate fully with the FBI and continue to ensure that service members reporting this attack are fully supported.”
An Afghan refugee went viral earlier this month – and later received death threats – after tweeting a photo of a modest meal at Fort Bliss, where he was being held following evacuation and transfer.
28-year-old journalist and translator Hameed Ahmadi told Granthshala that conditions were tight and minimal but he and his fellow refugees applauded US support in getting out of their home country – most who did not want to leave but were forced to flee for their own safety.
He said he and others were hoping to be able to settle down and find a job to contribute to American society, but had “mixed feelings”.
“I realized that sometimes, I had the privilege of escaping from Kabul … and then I feel guilty for leaving behind everyone who is really in danger,” he said Granthshala.
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