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US soldier shoots 17 civilians dead in Kandahar

US soldier shoots 17 civilians dead in Kandahar

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Mar 11, 2012 - 11:39

 KABULinfo-icon/KANDAHAR (PANinfo-icon): A US soldier of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAFinfo-icon) was detained on Sunday in connection with shooting dead at least 17 Afghan civilians in the southern province of Kandahar, officials said.

The incident took place on Sunday morning when a US soldier opened fire at four houses in Zangabad area of Panjwae district, killing the civilians and injuring five others, said Hajji Agha Lalai, a member of provincial council in the district.

He told Pajhwok Afghan News that local residents told him over telephone that the injured were rushed to the ISAF healthinfo-icon facility in Kandahar.

However, Governor Toryalay Weesa said a US soldier opened fire on civilians this morning outside the ISAF base in Panjwae district.

The exact number of civilian casualties is yet to be confirmed but a delegation was sent to the area for further investigation.

Without mentioning the exact location of the incident, an ISAF statement said US force and Afghan authorities would jointly conduct a probe on the incident and later release more details of the shooting.

“This is a deeply regrettable incident and we extend our thoughts and concerns to the families involved,” the statement added.

Detailed story to follow soon.

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