Kandahar massacre executed intentionally: parliamentary probe delegation
Sun Mar 18, 2:25 pm
The 16 civilians killed in the Panjwae district were intentionally executed by a group of soldiers, the parliamentary probe team said.
Quoting the local residents, the investigation team said after a tank of US soldiers was destroyed by a landmine explosion, the soldiers warned the Panjwae residents for revenge.
“After the innocent civilians were killed, the soldiers attempted to sexually assault the female victims as these women were later found with torn-clothes,” the probe team quoted the massacre site residents.
“When asked the American forces why they arbitrary go on searching homes without coordinating with Afghan forces, they replied that they have written documents signed by Afghan government authorities that ensure the immunity of US Soldiers,” said the parliamentary delegation investigating the Kandahar civilian massacre.
But the members of Wolesi Jirga, lower house of the Afghan Parliament, say they have previously rejected the signing of such agreement and the State department must inform the US officials in this regards.
Finally the Lower House of the Parliament has decided to submit the findings of the delegation to President Karzai and then a final decision should take place.
The name of US soldier accused of killing 16 civilians in Panjwae district of Kandahar has been recently published. The 37 years old suspect is named Robert Bales. It was his first deployment in Afghanistan. He also he served three times in Iraq. He was twice wounded in bomb blasts in that country. Reports say the US suspect soldier has been transferred to Ft. Leavenworth where he is being kept in a high security military detention facility. Ft. Leavenworth is located in the state of Kansas in the central part of the United States.