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US soldier charged with killing two comrades in Iraq

US soldiers carrying coffin of Pte First Class Gebrah Noonan
Image caption The Army is still investigating the 23 September shooting

A US soldier has been charged with murdering two comrades and wounding a third after an argument in Iraq.

Army Specialist Neftaly Platero of Texas is accused of shooting the three in Falluja, a one-time insurgent stronghold 40 miles (65km) west of Baghdad, on 23 September.

The soldier was charged with two counts of premeditated murder and one count of attempted premeditated murder.

Specialist Platero, 32, is being held in pre-trial confinement in Kuwait.

Those killed were identified by the Pentagon as Specialist John Carrillo and Pte First Class Gebrah Noonan.

Another soldier, who has not been identified, was wounded in the shooting, but no details were given about the extent of his injuries.

The US Army said a criminal inquiry into the incident was ongoing.