A US Service member walked out of his base at 03:00 am Sunday in southern Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in a dead-dark area in Panjwai district.
The serviceman, believed to be a Sergeant with the USFOR-A (US Forces – Afghanistan), killed 16 asleep civilians in two villages in Panjwai district of Kandahar and wounded 5+.
He entered one house killed 11, entered the 2nd house killed 4, went to the 3rd house killed 1, wounded 5 in 2 other house.
Most of the dead are women and children.
Presidential Palace press release said 16 civilians including 9 children, 3 women & 4 men were killed and 5 others injured.
Karzai called the incident a ‘deliberate murder by a US Soldier’.
The statement from Karzai’s office called for clarification and explanation for this incident.
After the shooting, the soldier walked back into the base and surrendered himself to authorities.
ISAF Joint Command in a statement said that the USFOR-A is leading the investigation along with Afghan officials, acknowledging that the soldier was American.
Karzai is infuriated over the incident and is following the case on minute-by-minute bases personally.
US Embassy in Kabul sent condolences to the families of those killed and wounded, said they were saddened and are investigating the incident.
Embassy warned of Anti-US protest across Afghanistan following this incident.
US Forces are providing highest medical care for the wounded, Embassy said.
The motive behind the incident is yet not known.