According to officials, a Ghanaian-American soldier died from his injuries after a physical “altercation” with a colleague. The incident occurred at a military base in Alabama, according to The Sun Herald.
The deceased, identified as Pvt. Abdul N. Latifu, was described as a “promising young soldier.” In a news release, the U.S. military said Latifu died after he got wounded “during an incident with another soldier.”
Latifu is said to have succumbed to his injuries on January 10. “I extend our deepest condolences to Pvt. Latifu’s family, friends, and community,” Maj. Gen. Michael C. McCurry, commander for the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, said. “Together we mourn the loss of a promising young soldier. Our hearts are with the families and units impacted by the incident.”
The soldier involved in the altercation with Latifu was detained by the Fort Rucker Department of Public Safety, according to the military. “As the investigation continues, Fort Rucker leaders are working closely with military police and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division,” McCurry said.
Latifu, a Bronx native, was “assigned to the 1st Battalion, 13th Aviation Regiment, 1st Aviation Brigade, as he trained as an Army air traffic control operator,” according to officials.