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US Charges 2 in Attack on 3 Somali Men in Kansas

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FILE - The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington.

FILE - The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington.

U.S. federal prosecutors have announced hate-crimes charges against two men in connection with an attack on three Somali men in Dodge City, Kansas, last June.

The indictment, unsealed Wednesday, charged Omar Cantero Martinez, 31, and Armando Sotelo, 24, both of Dodge City, with three counts of causing bodily injury to a victim because of actual and perceived race and national origin.

It also alleged that they used a broken glass bottle in the assault on June 19, 2015, against two of the Somali men, who were staying in the United States legally.

Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Because the charges included a federal hate crime, the FBI joined the Dodge City police in investigating the case.

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