The FBI is investigating the assault of a female Fort Bliss soldier by several male Afghan refugees at the Army's Doña Ana Complex camp where thousands are currently being housed, officials told ABC-7 on Friday.
“We can confirm a female service member supporting Operation Allies Welcome reported being assaulted on Sept. 19 by a small group of male evacuees at the Doña Ana Complex in New Mexico," said Lt. Col. Allie Payne, director of Public Affairs for Fort Bliss and the 1st Armored Division.
She said the assaulted soldier had received medical care and counseling. In the wake of the attack, Payne said additional security measures - including improved lightning - were being implemented at the Doña Ana Complex
"We take the allegation seriously and appropriately referred the matter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation," Payne indicated.
Payne declined to provide additional details about the incident because of the FBI probe, referring further questions to them.
Special Agent Jeanette Harper of the FBI's El Paso division confirmed that "we received the referral from Fort Bliss and our office is investigating the allegation.” She didn't elaborate.