The Taliban are vowing revenge against the U.S. after an American soldier allegedly fired on and killed 16 Afghan civilians on March 11, Fox News reported. In a statement on their website, the militant group said they would “take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr.”
According to the news outlet, the Taliban also claimed that “American savages” committed the alleged crime.
“If the perpetrators of this massacre were in fact mentally ill then this testifies to yet another moral transgression by the American military because they are arming lunatics in Afghanistan who turn their weapons against the defenseless Afghans without giving a second thought,” the statement said.
Fox News reported that Afghan officials noted that nine of the 16 bodies that were found were children and three were women. Some of the corpses were said to have been charred.
The Associated Press reported that senior U.S. officials were scrambling to determine what caused the American soldier to leave his base in the southern section of the country and allegedly commit the horrific crime. One source noted that the combatant was believed to have acted alone and returned to the base to turn himself in.