Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

Afghan National Army soldiers during a training session last week. AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus/PA Images
Afghanistan

Taliban vows revenge over US soldier's shooting spree

Threats follow shooting which claimed the lives of 16 Afghan civilians in Kandahar province.

THE TALIBAN TODAY vowed revenge after at least one American soldier shot 16 civilians to death in southern Afghanistan and burned their bodies.

The attack has fuelled anger still simmering after US troops burned Qurans last month.

US-led forces in Afghanistan have stepped up security following yesterday’s shootings in Kandahar province out of concern about retaliatory attacks. The US Embassy has also warned American citizens in Afghanistan about the possibility of reprisals.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for several attacks last month that the group said were retaliation for the Americans burning Qurans. Afghan forces also turned their guns on their supposed allies, killing six US troops as violent protests wracked the country.

It’s unclear whether there will be a similar response to Sunday’s shootings. But the attack will likely spark even greater distrust between Washington and Kabul and fuel questions in both countries about why American troops are still fighting in Afghanistan after ten years of conflict and the killing of Osama bin Laden.

The Taliban said in a statement on their website that “sick-minded American savages” committed the “blood-soaked and inhumane crime” in two villages in Panjwai district, a rural region outside Kandahar that is the cradle of the Taliban and where coalition forces have fought for control for years.

The militant group promised the families of the victims that it would take revenge “for every single martyr with the help of Allah.”

The US has said the shootings in two villages were carried out by a single American soldier, who is now in custody.

But Afghans have expressed doubt that a single soldier could have carried out the shootings in houses over 2 kilometres apart.

Read more: US soldier kills 16 Afghans as crisis deepens >

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Author
Associated Foreign Press
Your Voice
Readers Comments
20
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.