OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma lawmakers on Monday expressed deep concern about reports that Russia placed bounties on U.S. service members and troops from other western countries serving in Afghanistan.

“While there is a lot we don’t know at this stage, these are serious allegations,” said Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, whose district includes Tinker Air Force Base and Fort Sill.

“If true that Russia reprehensibly targeted our service members, it will certainly require a swift, strong and appropriate response from the United States.”

Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said, “We’ve known for a long time that Putin is a thug and a murderer, and if these allegations are true, I will work with President Trump on a strong response.

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