This story is just now coming in.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A U.S. service member killed at least 15 members of two Afghan families as well as a 16th person before turning himself in, witnesses and officials said Sunday. Nine of the dead were children, and three were women, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in a statement.
The soldier, who has yet to be identified, reportedly left his base in the early hours Sunday and went to two villages just a few hundred yards away. He then opened fire on Afghan civilians sleeping in ther homes, Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs Asadullah Khalid told Reuters. The service member entered three homes in the villages in Kandahar province, he said.
I want to remind everyone that we are in the very early hours of this thing and information that we are seeing is second-third-and fourth-hand. What we know is a damn sight less than what we don’t know. As information comes in, the story will evolve and things that we thought were true an hour ago will be known to be wrong tomorrow. Ideas that we discard now in favor of others will turn out to have been correct.
NATO ISAF has categorically denied that this was a night raid by Special Forces. One Soldier, most likely an American, has turned himself into his unit. Reuters has reported that persons living in the village stated that they saw several foreign military personnel, possibly drunk, do this.