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Afghans: US Paid $50K For Each Villager Killed In Shooting Spree

The U.S. has paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan. The U.S. has paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -

The U.S. has paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan. Afghan officials say an additional $11,000 was paid for each person wounded.

The officials say families were told that the money came from President Barack Obama. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of sneaking off his base two weeks ago, then creeping into houses in two nearby villages and opening fire on families as they slept.

There have been no violent protests following the March 11 shootings in Kandahar province's Panjwai district, but demands for justice on Afghan terms have been getting louder since Bales was flown out of the country to a U.S. military prison.

Meanwhile, U.S. officials say investigators looking into the massacre believe the gunman returned to his base after the first attack, then slipped away again to carry out the second attack. That's raising new questions about how he went undetected.

 

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