Taliban militants opened fire on an Afghan government delegation visiting one of the two villages in the southern part of the country, a response to the alleged killings of 16 civilians in Afghanistan by a U.S. soldier, Fox News reported.
The gunfire killed an Afghan soldier who was part of the security detail for the delegation, said General Abdul Razaq, the police chief for the province where the visit occurred. Another soldier from Afghanistan and a military prosecutor were injured in the attack.
According to Fox News, the attack in the Balandi village came as the Taliban vowed to kill and behead the responsible parties for the 16 Afghan civilians who were killed only days before.
One of President Hamid Karzai’s brothers was nearby holding a funeral service for the victims when the shooting started.
“We were giving them our condolences, then we heard two very, very light shots,” said Karzai. “Then we assumed that it was the national army that started to fire in the air.”
Reuters reported that the most recent events led to calls to accelerate a 2014 goal for the exit of the majority of foreign combat troops in the war-torn country.