March 12th, 2012
03:26 AM ET

Taliban promises revenge for U.S. soldier's shooting spree

The Afghan Taliban said Monday that its fighters would exact revenge for 16 people left dead after an American soldier went on a house-to-house shooting spree in two villages a day earlier.

Describing U.S. forces as "sick minded American savages," the Taliban said in a statement on its website that it would mete out punishment for the "barbaric actions." The Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist movement, has battled the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan for a decade.

U.S. officials have expressed shock and sadness over the attack, while Afghan leaders have angrily condemned it. President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan called it an "unforgivable" crime, noting that nine of the dead were children.

The killings have fueled fears of intensified ire directed at international forces in the country following deadly riots over the burning of Qurans by U.S. troops late last month.

The soldier, an army staff sergeant, acted alone and turned himself in after opening fire on civilians, according to officials from NATO's International Security Assistance Force, or ISAF. He is now in U.S. custody as investigators try to establish what motivated him.

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  1. banasy©

    I aked if you served.
    You've given your answer: no.
    I was just curious.

    You have stated on occasion that you have many friends, some of them who are gansta; will none of them stand up with you?
    How sad.

    We all have choices.
    Where you live is one of them.
    You decided to move to the 9th; why, when you knew it was so dangerous?
    Just to let you know, most people try to get out of dangerous neighborhoods, not get into them....
    I'm truly curious.

    March 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Which job scares your brother the most, mechanic, crane operator, or longshorman?
    If I had to guess, i'd say longshoreman

    March 13, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
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