The military has stated that they are looking into the soldier’s mental state or any underlying mental illness.
The militant Taliban group made a statement on their website and promised to “take revenge from the invaders and the savage murderers for every single martyr.”
They called the soldier “American savages.”
“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.
Afghan officials reported that the victims included women and children. They claim that some had charred bodies. The shooter, a veteran American army staff sergeant is in his mid-thirties and a father. He allegedly left his base in the Panjway district of Kandahar and went to a nearby village and shot Afghan civilians.
Capt. John Kirby told Fox News that the soldier is in custody and is being questioned by investigators.
Afghan civilians and local lawmakers doubt the details of the crime. They questions whether One soldier could have committed the massacre alone.
“It is not possible for only one American soldier to come out of his base, kill a number of people far away, burn the bodies, go to another house and kill civilians there, then walk at least 2 kilometers and enter another house, kill civilians and burn them,” said Abdul Rahim Ayubi, a lawmaker from Kandahar province.
In addition, Villagers reported seeing two groups of soldiers at the time of the incident. They claim that they heard machine gun fire and pistol fire from different directions.
Capt. Kirby says they are confident that there was only one attacker.
President Obama and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have expressed their condolences to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
In a statement released Sunday by the White House, Obama said, “This incident is tragic and shocking, and does not represent the exceptional character of our military and the respect that the United States has for the