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Was it justified for the soldier to kill 16 un armed civillians in Afghanistan?

sabre2th1 2012/03/11 14:00:25
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Taken from BBC News (
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-17331501
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-17330205 )
A US soldier in Afghanistan has killed at least 16 civilians in Kandahar province after suffering a breakdown, officials say.

He left his military base in the early hours of the morning and opened fire after entering local homes; women and children are said to be among the dead.

Nato said it was investigating the "deeply regrettable incident".

Anti-US sentiment is already high in Afghanistan after US soldiers burnt copies of the Koran last month.

The soldier, unnamed for security reasons, is believed to be a staff sergeant.

He is reported to have walked off his base at around 03:00 local time (22:30 GMT Saturday) and headed to nearby villages, moving methodically from house to house.

"Eleven members of my family are dead," Haji Samad, an elder from Najeeban village, told AFP news agency.

Haji Sayed Jan, from Alkozai village, said: "My home was attacked and I lost four family members".

The soldier - who reportedly suffered a breakdown before the attacks - is said to have handed himself over to the US military authorities after carrying out the killings

A man points to bloodstains in a room in a house in Alkozai, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, 11 March

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  • Angi 2012/03/12 00:42:35
    No
    Angi
    NO.
  • Elephant Lord 2012/03/12 00:09:07
    No
    Elephant Lord
    Wow, no wonder they hate us.
  • ppk007@cfl.rr.com 2012/03/11 16:42:53
    No
    ppk007@cfl.rr.com
    first the burning or Korans, now this.... not winning hearts and minds...we are about as welcomed as the Russians were in the 1980s...
  • Doug King 2012/03/11 14:07:59
    No
    Doug King
    I think you know the answer so why ask the obvious question?

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