An airman trained to defuse bombs has been accused of planting explosives at a base in northeast Syria in April that injured four American troops, U.S. Air Force officials said.
Tech Sgt. David D. Dezwaan Jr., an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technician, has been charged with aggravated assault, destroying military property, and dereliction of duty, among other charges, authorities said Thursday.
The attack happened early each morning of April 7 at a little base referred to as Green Village. Authorities with Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants, initially thought the explosion resulted from artillery or mortar rounds.
Upon further investigation, OIR officials gauge the explosions in Green Village weren’t the consequence of indirect fire but instead the deliberate keeping explosive charges by an unidentified individual at an ammunition holding area and shower facility, U.S. Central Command officials said in a statement in regards to a week following the detonation.
In accordance with media reports, the injuries at Green Village were referred to as minor but included possible traumatic brain injuries.
A possible motive for the incident is not released. An initial hearing will undoubtedly be held on Aug. 23 at Hill Air Force Base in Utah.