NATO says suspect will be tried for killing of Afghan civilians
A US soldier will be tried for the killings of 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan, a NATO spokesman said Monday, DPA reported.
Brigadier General Carsten Jacobsen said international military forces will ensure full legal consequences for Sunday's killings in Kandahar province and "prosecution will follow."
At least 16 civilians, most women and children, were killed while they slept in their homes in Panjwai district.
Jacobsen said the killing "in its dramatic proportion is a singular incident."
"What we have seen before is legal prosecutions of wrongdoings, soldiers in battlefield, be it in Iraq or be it here in recent years," he said, adding that the legal process would take time.
"In all the countries that form the coalition, the military is not mild on its perpetrators."