NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen issued a statement Sunday, following news that a US soldier has killed at least 16 civilians after opening fire on them near a US military base in Kandahar. There are nine children among the victims.
“I want to express my shock and sadness at the tragic shooting incident in Kandahar province, where it is reported that several people, including women and children, have been killed or wounded,” Rasmussen said.
Rasmussen added, that “I offer my heartfelt condolences and sympathy to their families and loved ones, and to the Afghan people and government.”
While Rasmussen said he fully supports “General Allen’s commitment to establish the facts and hold anyone responsible to account,” he also said that “We remain firmly committed to our mission of building a strong and stable Afghanistan, together with our Afghan partners.”