A Ghanian U.S. army soldier, Private Abdul-Nafsu Latifu has been killed.
Latifu reportedly died after an “altercation with another soldier” at Fort Rucker, a military base in Alabama.
The Ghanaian lived in New York until he joined the military and was posted to Fort Rucker.
Prior to his demise, the 21-year-old was in training to become an Army air traffic control operator.
Family and friends of the Ghanaian have expressed shock over his death and are asking the army for an explanation of what happened.
“He was full of life and one of the smartest lads I’ve come across”, a neighbour said. “I cannot seem to comprehend this news because Latifu will not fight anyone for any reason, at best he walks away. So, I’m dumbfounded, to say the least”, another maintained.
“Something is not right about this; someone needs to start saying what really happened, not what they’re feeding us, what are they covering up?” a teary friend of the deceased lamented in disbelief.
The alleged attacker is said to have used an Army-issued steel folding shovel in the assault that caused Pvt. Latifu his life.
The Army said no formal charges have been filed but
but Army Criminal Investigation Division agents are probing the incident.
Maj. Gen. Michael McCurry, the commander of Fort Rucker stated, “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,” McCurry said in a statement. “Together we mourn the loss of a promising young soldier.”
Pvt. Latifu was a trainee in the Army’s Advanced Individual Training programme at Fort Rucker where he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade.
Family and friends are accusing the military of a cover-up to deny them justice for their murdered loved one.