by Staff Writers
Fort Hood, United States / Texas (AFP) Aug 06, 2013

A US Army psychiatrist admitted Tuesday to opening fire on fellow soldiers at the Fort Hood military base as he took charge of his defense at a high profile trial.

Major Nidal Hasan’s opening statement lasted just a couple of minutes, as he explained to a jury of 13 Army officers that the troops he killed were casualties of war after he “switched sides.”

“The evidence will clearly show I am the shooter,” declared Hasan, referring to the 2009 attack at the Texas garrison, which jolted the American military and shocked the nation.

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