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Army seeks death penalty in massacre

SEATTLE — The US Army said Wednesday that it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of killing 16 ­Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage in March, a decision his lawyer called ‘‘totally irresponsible.’’

The announcement followed a pretrial hearing last month for Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, 39, who faces premeditated murder and other charges in the attack on two villages in southern Afghanistan.

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