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Afghan soldier killed at scene of US shooting spree

Gunmen on Tuesday attacked an Afghan memorial service for 16 villagers killed by a US soldier, shooting dead a member of the Afghan military and wounding a policeman in a hail of gunfire.
It was the first deadly violence linked to the aftermath of Sunday’s killings that the Taliban had vowed to avenge and US officials had warned could lead to a surge in anti-American violence in the war-torn country.
Two of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s brothers were in the delegation from Kabul, along with provincial government officials, a local reporter at the scene in Panjwayi district of southern Kandahar province told AFP.
“There was an armed attack on them from a distance and the firing continued for about 10 minutes,” he said.
“Bullets were coming like rain on us,” another witness told AFP.
The Interior Ministry later confirmed that one Afghan soldier died.
“One or more enemy were hiding there. When the delegation arrived they fired – one soldier is dead and a policeman is injured,” ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi told AFP.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Taliban had vowed revenge after a US soldier walked off his base in the early hours of Sunday, broke into three houses and killed 16 people – mainly women and children.
The dignitaries had left the area, with some heading back to Kandahar city, about 45 kilometres away, while others remained to continue an investigation into Sunday’s shootings, a member of the delegation said.
Sunday’s massacre was the latest in a series of actions by troops that have provoked outrage in Afghanistan, and comes weeks after the burning of the Korans sparked riots that killed 40 people.
In eastern Afghanistan, about 400 university students chanting “Death to America — Death to Obama” took to the streets of Jalalabad, in the first protest against the US army sergeant’s killing spree.
The crowd set fire to the US president in effigy and blocked the main highway to Kabul before dispersing after about two hours. In Washington, US President Barack Obama warned the US public against a hasty drawdown from Afghanistan, after a weekend poll said most Americans believe the war is not worth the cost and want an early withdrawal. “It’s important for us to make sure that we get out in a responsible way, so that we don’t end up having to go back in,” Obama said in an interview with CBS station KDKA in Pittsburgh.
“But what we don’t want to do, is to do it in a way that is just a rush for the exits,” he said, stressing the need for an orderly withdrawal to get US personnel and equipment out, and to prevent Al-Qaeda rebuilding.
The United States and the rest of the 130,000-strong NATO mission in Afghanistan are scheduled to withdraw combat troops by the end of 2014 and hand over responsibility for national security to their Afghan counterparts.
The Afghan parliament and the Ulema Council, the country’s highest religious authority, has demanded that the US soldier be tried in public, but the United States has said he will be subject to US military law.



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  1. @jailer98 said:

    The Afghan soldier was the one who killed all those people and blamed it on a American Soldier.

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