Fort Bliss: Female military service member assaulted by Afghan evacuees, FBI investigating

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Fort Bliss officials said a male US military service member was attacked at the Donna Ana County Range Complex, where Afghan refugees are being held.

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The woman, whose name and age were not released, was attacked by “a small group of men” on 19 September. the complex In New Mexico, Fort Bliss officials said.

The FBI is investigating the incident.


“We take the allegation seriously and have appropriately referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Fort Bliss officials said in an emailed statement. “The safety and well-being of our service members as well as those at our establishments is of paramount importance.”

No details have been released about the attack or the suspects.

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Officials said the victim was “immediately provided with appropriate care, counseling and assistance.”

The victim is among 1,000 service members who are part of Operation Allies Welcome. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, the US operation is to support vulnerable Afghans, including those who have worked with us in Afghanistan for the past two decades, as they have settled safely in the United States.

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The number of refugees at the Doa Ana County Range Complex was not immediately available. Thousands of refugees have fled Afghanistan to the US after the US ended its 20-year presence there in late August.

Officials said additional security and security measures are being put in place at the premises.

“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.”

Aaron Martinez can be reached at 915-546-6249;; @AMartinezEPT on Twitter.

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