The U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker announced Wednesday the death of an Advanced Individual Training Soldier. Pvt. Abdul N. Latifu, of the Bronx, New York City, died Tuesday, January 10 from injuries sustained during an incident with another soldier David Agan, Jr. with Fort Rucker Public Affairs Office stated in a press release on Wednesday January 11.
Additional reports revealed his attacker, whose identity has not yet been released, was arrested Tuesday after brutally attacking Latifu with an entrenching tool, a small steel folding shovel.
“On behalf of the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker, I extend our deepest condolence to Pvt. Latifu’s family, friends, and community. Together we mourn the loss of a promising young soldier,” said Major General Michael C. McCurry, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker Commander. “Our hearts are with the families and units impacted by the incident, and we are focused on taking care of Soldiers, families, and leaders.”
Both soldiers were students in advanced individual training, the second leg of enlisted initial entry training.
The attack is still under investigation and motive for the attack is as of yet unclear. The service’s Criminal Investigation Division is investigating Latifu’s death.
Counselors and chaplains are available at Fort Rucker to provide support for those who are in need.