Reportedly, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has taken steps to launch an investigation into a referral that was sent from a Fort Bliss Afghan refugee housing complex out in New Mexico that seems to allege that a group of several Afghan males had assaulted a female U.S. service member.
As reported by ABC-7:
The FBI is investigating the assault of a female Fort Bliss soldier by several male Afghan refugees at the Army’s Doña Ana Complex camp where thousands are currently being housed, officials told ABC-7 on Friday.
It was later confirmed to Fox News, by a spokesperson for the FBI, that it “received the referral from Fort Bliss and our office is investigating the allegation.”
This allegation was later confirmed by the U.S. Military in a released statement that went on to note that it was taking immediate actions to station added security measures around the suspected compound.
“We can confirm a female service member supporting Operation Allies Welcome reported being assaulted on Sept. 19 by a small group of male evacuees at the Doña Ana Complex in New Mexico,” stated director of Public Affairs for Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division, Lt. Col. Allie Payne, in a release. “We take the allegation seriously and appropriately referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The safety and well-being of our service members, as well as all of those on our installations, is paramount.”
“Task Force-Bliss is also implementing additional security measures to include increased health and safety patrols, additional lighting, and enforcement of the buddy system at the Dona Ana Complex,” continued the statement. “We will cooperate fully with the FBI and will continue to ensure the service member reporting this assault is fully supported.”
Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NV) issues a response to the incident by stating on her social media platforms that her prayers were going out to be with the soldier and the family of the soldier involved.
“This is yet another tragic failure in the vetting process for Afghan nationals,” stated Harrell. “The American people deserve answers.”
This breaking news crops up after the U.S. Department of Justice just announced this past week that two refugees from Afghanistan were looking down the barrel of federal charges out in Wisconsin in the wake of one allegedly attempting to rape a minor while the other allegedly suffocated and strangled a woman.
“Bahrullah Noori, 20, is charged with attempting to engage in a sexual act with a minor using force against that person, and with three counts of engaging in a sexual act with a minor, with one count alleging the use of force,” stated the Department of Justice in its release. “The indictment alleges that the victims had not attained the age of 16 years and were at least four years younger than the defendant.”
“Mohammad Haroon Imaad, 32, is charged with assaulting his spouse by strangling and suffocating her,” continued the release. “The indictment alleges that the assault occurred on September 7, 2021.”
The DOJ also stated that the two incidents out in Wisconsin were not related, and both of the suspects are looking at extreme prison time if convicted.