Confusion grows over alleged 17th Afghan victim
Report saying fetus was included later discounted
The mystery over the identity of the 17th Afghan victim in the murder case against Staff. Sgt. Robert Bales grew murkier Monday, after an Afghan police official initially asserted that a pregnant woman’s fetus was also among the dead, only to retract the statement a few hours later. Bales was formally charged Friday with 17 counts of murder and six counts of assault and attempted murder in a massacre of villagers in Kandahar province on March 11. But Afghan officials say 16 were killed.