US identifies soldier involved in Afghan shooting-spreeMarch 17th, 2012 - 10:08 am ICT by IANS
Washington, March 17 (IANS) The US officials have identified the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians as Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, as he is on his way to be transferred back to the US, CNN reported.
The soldier, who was identified by anonymous officials, is on his way to a US army base in Kansas Friday, Xinhua reported Saturday.
The weekend shooting-spree, which killed nine children, three women and four men, has sparked fury in Afghanistan.
Bales has been in protective custody in Kuwait after he was flown out of Afghanistan, and was expected to arrive at Fort Leavenworth army base in Kansas later Friday.
Despite Afghans’ strong demand that the suspect be tried publicly in the country, the US side transferred him to Kuwait Wednesday out of “legal considerations”.
The incident further strained the relationship between Washington and Kabul, which has already been clouded by other recent incidents including the burning of Korans at a US base in Afghanistan and reports of US service members urinating on the corpses of Taliban soldiers.
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