FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - The soldier accused of gunning down 16 Afghan villagers has arrived at a U.S. military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Army officials said in a statement released early to The Associated Press that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales arrived at the prison in northeast Kansas Friday night. He placed in his own cell at the prison adjacent to the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks.
Bales is a 38-year-old Army veteran who was in the midst of his fourth war zone tour. He arrived in Afghanistan in December. He was assigned Feb. 1 to work with a force that pairs troops with villagers to help provide neighbourhood security.
He's accused of going on a shooting rampage near his southern Afghanistan base early Sunday, killing nine children and seven other civilians, then burning some bodies.