Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan have vowed to take revenge against "sick minded American savages" following the murderous rampage of a U.S. soldier who shot 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children.
Alarabiya reported the Taliban released a statement promising to “take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr.”
Digital Journal reported the murders, which took place in Kandahar province, were committed by a rogue American soldier "just a few hundred metres from the base" in the Panjwai district.
The soldier involved is an Army staff sergeant from the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, who served three tours in Iraq before being posted to Afghanistan. The soldier's name has not been released. He is reported as married with three children
According toFrance 24 the statement released by the Taliban said "The American 'terrorists' want to come up with an excuse for the perpetrator of this inhumane crime by claiming that this immoral culprit was mentally ill."
"If the perpetrators of this massacre were in fact mentally ill then this testifies to yet another moral transgression by the American military because they are arming lunatics in Afghanistan who turn their weapons against the defenceless Afghans without giving a second thought."