Rogue US soldier kills, wounds up to 16: Afghan official

KABUL - Up to 16 Afghans were killed or wounded by a rogue American soldier who opened fire on civilians in southern Kandahar province, an Afghan official said Sunday.

“Today at around 3:00 am a US soldier walked off his base and started shooting at civilians. Ten to 16 people are killed and injured,” Ahmad Jawed Faysal, a spokesman for the Kandahar governor, told AFP.

“What we know at this stage is that there have been casualties in two villages, Alokozai and Garrambai villages (in Panjwayi district),” he told AFP.

“A delegation has been sent to find out how this has happened as well as to determine the dead and injured.”

The soldier has been detained, NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said in a statement.

“A United States service member was detained today in connection to an incident that resulted in Afghan casualties in Kandahar province,” it said, without specifying the number of victims.

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

“US Forces-Afghanistan (USFOR-A), in cooperation with Afghan authorities, will investigate this incident and release additional information as appropriate.”

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