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Soldier accused of killing comrades

A US soldier has been accused of shooting dead two comrades during a row in Iraq.

Specialist Neftaly Platero is being held in custody during the investigation into last week's killings in Fallujah, a former insurgent stronghold 40 miles west of Baghdad.

A US military spokesman said a "verbal altercation" broke out among four soldiers last Thursday and Platero "allegedly took his weapon and began shooting the other soldiers."

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