recently reported on the killing of up to 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting spree which resulted in the deaths of 16 Afghan villagers, including nine children.
Neighbours in the village say they were awoken just past midnight by the sound of gunfire. They allege that the gunfire was from American soldiers who, they claim were drunk and laughing.
According to RT
, Agha Lala, who visited one of the three homes where the killings took place has said: "They were all drunk and shooting all over the place."
One resident, named Haji Samad who lost all of his 11 relatives in the shooting spree, including children and grandchildren, said Americans “poured chemicals over their dead bodies and burned them.”
Apparently Samad’s family was sleeping in the first of the 3 houses raided on Sunday night in Kandahar's Panjwayi district.
However, a senior US defense official in Washington has rejected witness accounts that several apparently drunk soldiers were involved. Official reports say the alleged unnamed culprit acted alone and is now in custody after turning himself in at an American base.
"Based on the preliminary information we have this account is flatly wrong," the official said.
The parliament in Afghanistan has said that the incident was barbaric and they demand justice.
Coming just weeks after the burning of Korans at a US military base, this incident was one of the worst of its kind since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.