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American Is Held After Shooting at Least 16 Civilians in Afghanistan

New York Times News Service @ Truthout - Panjway, Afghanistan - A United States service member walked out of a military base in a rural district of southern Afghanistan on Sunday and opened fire on three nearby houses, killing at least 16 civilians, including several children, local villagers and provincial officials said.

The shooting risks further inciting anti-American sentiment in Afghanistan and troubling a relationship that had already been brought to a new low by the burning of Korans at an American military base last month. On Sunday, President Hamid Karzai demanded an explanation for the shooting from Washington. “This is an assassination, an intentional killing of innocent civilians and cannot be forgiven,” Mr. Karzai said in a statement, according to The Associated Press.  Read more.

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