ARLINGTON, Va. — Three soldiers have been charged with murder and related offenses in connection with the deaths of three detainees May 9 in southern Salah ad Din Province, Iraq, according to a Multi-National Corps-Iraq news release.

The soldiers are from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, the news release says. All three are enlisted soldiers; one is a noncommissioned officer.

A spokeswoman for Multi-National Corps — Iraq said the troops’ names could not be released because an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

The soldiers face charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, communicating a threat and obstructing justice, according to the news release.

The charges come after Lt. Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli, commander of Multi-National Corps — Iraq, asked the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command to look into the matter.

The news release provided no details on the incident.

Further details on what happened were unavailable on Monday.

Media reports give conflicting accounts of what happened.

The incident was initially reported as a checkpoint shooting, but a Marine spokesman in Baghdad later said the incident did not involve a checkpoint or escalation of force.

On the day of the incident, a unit commander ordered an investigation to determine what happened, according to the news release.

The troops are currently being held in pretrial confinement ahead of an Article 32 hearing to determine whether they will face court-martial proceedings.

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