Army transfers 8 US soldiers after suicide -

Army transfers 8 US soldiers after suicide


NEW YORK (AP) -- The Pentagon says it has transferred eight soldiers to another base in Afghanistan amid allegations that they mistreated one of their comrades shortly before he committed suicide.

The soldiers face charges ranging from maltreatment to involuntary manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Army Pvt. Daniel Chen of New York City. Chen's relatives say he endured weeks of racial teasing and hazing.

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says the military is taking a zero-tolerance attitude toward soldiers who mistreat their comrades.

The eight soldiers are part of an infantry regiment based in Fort Wainright, Alaska. The soldiers are still in Afghanistan but have been relieved of their duties and confined to a different base. The next step is a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence for a court martial.

AP-WF-12-22-11 0742GMT

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