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Swastika Probe Eyes Black Soldier

July 25, 1996| Reuters

WASHINGTON — Army investigators at Ft. Bragg, N.C., are investigating whether a black soldier may have been responsible for painting swastikas on the doors to black soldiers' rooms, a defense official said Wednesday.

"There have been no arrests as far as I know. But I understand that the investigation is pointing toward an African American," said the official, who asked not to be identified.

Army spokesmen at the Pentagon and Ft. Bragg declined to comment on broadcast reports that a black soldier might be responsible for the July 16 painting of red swastikas at a barracks used by Army special forces troops.

The Army has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction in the latest incident of extremism at the big base.

In December, three members of the 82nd Airborne Division based at Ft. Bragg were arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of a black couple in Fayetteville, N.C.

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