A U.S. soldier killed 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday, including three women and nine children, in an unprovoked attack in southern Kandahar province, Afghan officials said.
Five more people also were wounded in the shooting at Belandi-Pul village of the Panjway district when the soldier entered homes and opened fire, according to a statement from President Hamid Karzai's office.
"This intentional killing and terror is an unforgivable act," said Karzai, who has sent two high-level delegations to investigate.
The attack threatens to further worsen relations between ISAF and Afghans, already badly strained by the recent burning of Korans and other religious material by U.S. military personnel. That incident, at the U.S.-run Bagram airbase, north of Kabul, sparked a series of demonstrations and attacks on bases belonging to the U.S. coalition that left at least 30 Afghans killed and 100 injured.
The White House issued a written statement from President Barack Obama. It read:
"I am deeply saddened by the reported killing and wounding of Afghan civilians. I offer my condolences ... This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the people of Afghanistan. I fully support Secretary Panetta's and General Allen's commitment to get the facts as quickly as possible and to hold accountable anyone responsible."
Initial accounts said the U.S. soldier left his base at 3 a.m. and walked to nearby homes where he opened fire. There were widely varying claims about the number of dead and wounded.
"Seven are believed to have been killed and eight wounded," said Javed Faisal, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor earlier today. "The number of dead could rise."
In a statement, a Taliban spokesman put the number killed at 50.
A spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan, confirmed that the shooting had taken place, but said he could not confirm the number of dead or wounded.
"A United States service member was detained today in connection with an incident that resulted in Afghan casualties in Kandahar province," said Major Jason Waggoner, an ISAF spokesman. "There were multiple civilians wounded, but I don't have a specific number. All the wounded have been taken to coalition medical facilities and are currently being treated."
Source: The Miami Herald
An American soldier was arrested in southern Afghanistan after walking off his base and opening fire indiscriminately on civilians today, killing 16 people.Among the victims were nine children, killed when the shooter went from house to house at 3am local time.
Eleven of the victims were killed in one home, four were killed in a second home and one other person was killed in a third home, Sky News reported, citing unnamed sources. Five people were wounded in two other houses.
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