Flags displayed in California to honor 13 US military members killed during a terrorist bombing last month were reportedly vandalized, according to officials on Tuesday.
A memorial, including 13 US flags and a Marine Corps flag, was displayed on a fence above the 91 freeway in Riverside, the Riverside Police Department said in a statement on social media. Police officials were informed on Monday after a person who saw the flag was defaced, the department said.
“At some point yesterday, an attentive citizen noticed that the flags appeared to be damaged and this was reported to the police,” the department said, including photographs of the flags, which appear to be either torn or mutilated. “At this point, we don’t have any suspicious details, but it is clear that the flags were intentionally damaged.”
The group, “What’s Going on in Riverside County”, brought the incident to the attention of the department, while police said the allegedly mutilated flags were removed and turned over to local Boy Scout Troop 703 for proper retirement. .
13 soldiers killed during US-led evacuation mission at Kabul airport in Afghanistan. The terrorist group ISIS-K claimed responsibility for the attack, which also claimed the lives of more than 150 Afghans.
It happened amid a crowd and chaotic evacuation of Americans, Afghans and other foreign nationals attempting to flee Afghanistan after the Taliban extremist group captured Kabul in mid-August. The Biden administration drew significant condemnation from several veterans, Republican lawmakers and even members of his own party for how he handled the pullout.
And on August 31, the United States made its final evacuation flight and removed all of its military troops from Afghanistan, effectively ending the 20-year conflict. However, it is believed that hundreds of US citizens and their family members may remain inside the country amid conflicting reports and statements from various administration officials.
Pentagon officials acknowledged last month that thousands of ISIS members may have been released from Afghan prisons by the Taliban as the group progressed across the country.
Ten of the US service members killed in the incident were based out of Camp Pendleton, California, which is located south of San Diego County and Riverside County. Last month’s attack represented the worst one-day loss since the August 2011 attack on a Chinook helicopter, which killed 30 service members.
After this the department said that anyone who has information about the sabotage should contact the property crime unit at (951) 353-7955. Police did not provide any other details about the incident.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times