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Alabama Soldier Killed with a Shovel by His Fellow Trainee

A soldier at Fort Rucker, Alabama was killed with an entrenching tool used by his fellow trainee. Both the victim and the attacker were completing advanced individual training, the second half of the Army’s initial enlisted training.

The Victim
The victim in the gruesome attack was Pvt. Abdul N. Latifu. He was 21 years old and hailed from Bronx, New York City. He died from injuries sustained during the attack.

The Statement
Military Times has provided the statement from the Army. “On behalf of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, I extend our deepest condolences to Pvt. Latifu’s family, friends, and community. Together we mourn the loss of a promising young Soldier,” said Maj. Gen. Michael C. McCurry, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker commander. “Our hearts are with the families and units impacted by the incident, and we are focused on taking care of Soldiers, families, and leaders.”

The Attack
The attacker used an entrenching tool in the attack. An entrenching tool is a small folding shovel that soldiers use for multiple uses. Mainly, it is a military issued digging tool. Details of the attack are not being released in order to protect the integrity of the case. However, one can only imagine how close the attacker got in order to kill the victim with a small shovel. It’s not clear why the attack occurred, but the service’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the killing.

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