Afghan Soldier Killed at Service for Rampage Victims
Taliban, meanwhile, threatens to behead US soldiers
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2012 7:56 AM CDT
Afghans burn an effigy following Sunday's killing of civilians in Panjwai, Kandahar by a US soldier during a protest in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, March 13, 2012.   (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

(Newser) – Militants opened fire on a prayer service for the 16 people killed in a US soldier's shooting rampage this weekend, targeting a visiting government delegation that included two of Hamid Karzai's brothers, along with senior defense, intelligence, and interior ministry officials. The militants fired from a distance, killing at least one government soldier and wounding two other people in what turned into a 10-minute firefight, al-Jazeera reports. "Bullets were coming like rain on us," one witness was quoted as saying.

The delegation had been visiting the site of the attack to explain to locals that it was an isolated incident, one lawmaker tells the AP. "But the people were just shouting … They didn't listen to the governor. They accused him of defending the Americans." Such anger is widespread. In Jalalabad today, 2,000 students took to the streets shouting, "Death to America! Death to Obama!" The Taliban, meanwhile, issued a statement warning the US that it would "behead your sadistic murderous soldiers" to avenge the rampage, Reuters reports.

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Mar 13, 2012 12:23 PM CDT
Speaking of America I totally want to do some capitalism and open a effigy store over there. Stock up on Presidents, Flags, Religious Leaders. I can probably make a fortune and the effigies will be much nicer for when western media picks it up and broadcasts abunch of villagers burning a retarded looking straw man colored in sharpie with a face from Kinkos.
Mar 13, 2012 10:31 AM CDT
If life is worth so little to these people why should we care?
Mar 13, 2012 8:15 AM CDT
Bummer they missed the Karzai's brothers