March 12th, 2012
07:21 AM ET

U.S. soldier accused of Afghan killings served several tours, U.S. official says

The American soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians on Sunday is in his mid-30s and served several tours of duty in Iraq, but he is on his first deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military official said Monday. The official asked not to be named discussing an ongoing investigation.

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 in U.S. custody as investigators try to establish what motivated him.

The killings took place in the district of Panjwai, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) southwest of Kandahar, southern Afghanistan's major city, according to Karzai's office. The dead included four men, three women and nine children, it said, while five people were wounded.

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  1. JoJo

    Well he did hit his head and suffer a BRAIN INJURY.... 😉 maybe he can get off easy... 😉

    March 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sylvia Martin-Cinnamond

    H e suffered a severe brain injury while on active duty, he was "treated" (with what? a bandage?) Then okayed to be sent right back in.Brain injuries are just that, injuries to the brain, just look at the fate of athletes who have suffered them, from suicides to palsies.The doctors should be held accountable for this, there is no way he should have been sent back in.

    March 13, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
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