Exactly how Ciara Durkin died remains a mystery. The Army National Guard soldier from Massachusetts was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in Afghanistan last week, and now her family is demanding answers from the military.
Initially the Pentagon reported that Durkin, part of a finance unit deployed to Afghanistan in November 2006, had been killed in action, but then revised its statement to read she had died of injuries "suffered from a non-combat related incident" at Bagram Airfield. The statement had no specifics and said the circumstances are under investigation.
Durkin had a desk job doing payroll in an office about three miles inside the secure Bagram Air Base. About 90 minutes after she left work last Friday, her family says she was found dead near a chapel on the base with a single gunshot wound to the head.
The 30-year-old soldier, who was born in Ireland and came to the U.S. as a little girl, felt safer deployed in Afghanistan over Iraq, her family told CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace. Yet she was found dead within a highly secure base, with few answers
Adding to the mystery is something the Army Specialist told her family:
if something happened to her in Afghanistan, they should look into it.
She was concerned about things she was seeing over there, one of her
eight brothers and sisters said in an interview.
Canavan told the Quincy, Mass. Patriot Ledger on Wednesday that
when her sister was home three weeks ago, she told her about something
she had come across that raised some concern with her: "She was in the
finance unit and she said, 'I discovered some things I don’t like and I
made some enemies because of it.'"
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Female Soldier Killed Inside Secure Afghanistan Base--Did She KNow Too Much?
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