July 25, 1996 in Nation/World

Black Soldier Suspect In Racist Graffiti, TV Says

Compiled From Wire Services

A black soldier is the prime suspect in the Army probe into swastikas painted on the doors of black soldiers, a television station reported.

The Army Special Operations Command headquarters refused to confirm or deny the report.

WTVD-TV in Durham said it based its report Tuesday on an unidentified source at the Pentagon. Military officials did not disclose the soldier’s identity or a possible motive, the station said.

The swastikas were found spray-painted last Tuesday on eight doors inside barracks that house members of the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. Black soldiers lived in six of the rooms; the other two rooms were vacant.

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