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Bergdahl family ‘receiving threats’

US authorities are investigating threats against the family of former Taliban prisoner Sgt Bowe Bergdahl.

The soldier’s release after five years of captivity in Afghanistan has sparked a debate over whether the 28-year-old should be given a hero’s welcome or punished as a deserter.

His home town abruptly cancelled plans for a welcome-home celebration on Wednesday, citing security concerns.

Hailey, Idaho, a town of 8,000, where Sgt Bergdahl’s parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, live, has been swamped with hate mail and angry calls.

FBI spokesman William Facer said: “The FBI continues to monitor the situation in Hailey, Idaho. We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously.”

Mr Facer did not describe the nature of the threats.

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