UNAMA express condolence over Kandahar civilian casualties
By Ghanizada - Mon Mar 12 2012, 9:52 am
The United Nation Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) following a statement on Monday expressed condolences over the massacre of Afghan civilians by an American soldier in southern Kandahar province on Sunday.
UNAMA following the statement added, “We are shocked and saddened by the tragic incident in Kandahar that reportedly resulted in the loss of civilian lives including of women and children.”
The statement also added, “We expect that the investigation will rapidly establish the facts, that those responsible will be held accountable and that the public will be fully informed. We express our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wish a speedy recovery to those who have been injured.”
At least 16 Afghan civilians including 9 Afghan kids along with adults were killed after a US soldier opened fire on them in Pajwai district of southern Kandahar province early Sunday morning.
The unnamed US soldier, who is said to have been suffering from a nervous breakdown, walked out of his military base in Panjwai district by around 3 am local time, and shot dead civilians in four houses in two neighboring villages in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar on Sunday.
In an angry statement after the Kandahar shootings, Karzai said that “when Afghan people are killed deliberately by US forces, this action is murder and terror and an unforgivable action”.
He demanded an explanation into the attack, which he said will not be forgiven.
The US embassy in Kabul sent out an alert to its citizens in Afghanistan warning that as a result of the shooting, “there is a risk of anti-American feelings and protests in coming days”.