US forces in Afghanistan are being warned of possible reprisal attacks following the killings of 16 civilians by an American soldier

March 12, 2012 04:50

US officials warned of reprisals after the soldier went on a rampage in villages near a base in Kandahar. Nine children were among those killed. President Barack Obama phoned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai to express condolences. But Mr Karzai has said the massacre is “unforgivable”. – BBC News


From BBC News

Taliban militants have vowed to avenge the deaths.


The US military said reports indicated that the soldier returned to his base after the shootings and turned himself in. His motives are unclear – there is speculation that he might have been drunk or suffered a mental breakdown. But officers are worried that the attack might have been planned.


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