While this story is believed to involve one U.S. soldier killing 16 and wounding 5, Reuters is reporting eye-witness accounts of a group of drunk and laughing American soldiers entering the village, killing and then burning the bodies, complete with a photo of two Afghans looking at burned spot on the floor of a house. See those quotes below. Beyond that, the story is this: a U.S. Army soldier left his base today, fully armed in the early morning hours, walked one mile to a village, reportedly went house-to-house and allegedly gunned-down civilians, including 3 women and 9 children. Five others are wounded. Sticking to the story of one unnamed U.S. soldier responsible, he is said to be a Staff Sergeant in U.S. ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) custody in Kandahar, after returning to his base and turning himself in. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, said this “cannot be forgiven,” (but apparently not the deaths of six Americans TARGETED, now dead, after the Koran burnings) and “cannot be forgiven.”
The serviceman, who went on the shooting spree in a village about a mile away from the U.S. base in the Panjway district of Kandahar province, has since been taken into custody by U.S.-led coalition forces. Source: Fox News
“They (Americans) poured chemicals over their dead bodies and burned them,” a weeping Mr Samad told Reuters at the scene…
Neighbours said they awoke to crackling gunfire from American soldiers, whom they described as laughing and drunk.
“They were all drunk and shooting all over the place,” said neighbour Agha Lala, who visited one of the homes where the incident took place. “Their bodies were riddled with bullets.”
An AP photographer saw 15 bodies between the two villages caught up in the shooting. Some of the bodies had been burned, while others were covered with blankets.
A young boy partially wrapped in a blanket was in the back of a minibus, dried blood crusted on his face and pooled in his ear. His loose-fitting brown pants were partly burned, revealing a leg charred by fire.