Afghan Massacre Survivor: I Saw Up to 20 Soldiers
First Western journalist visits Afghan village where 17 died
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2012 4:57 AM CDT
Updated Mar 30, 2012 6:45 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Australia's Yalda Hakim has become the first Western journalist to interview survivors of the massacre that killed 17 Afghan civilians, and their account of events is very different from the US military's. Military officials say that Robert Bales acted alone, but some survivors spoke of seeing up to 20 soldiers, MSNBC reports. One 8-year-old girl says the shooter shot her father before shooting her in the leg while other men were present, holding lights.

A woman whose husband was killed during the incident says there were up to 20 Americans pointing their guns at her. Hakim—who says US investigators tried to prevent her from speaking to child survivors—also spoke to the Afghan general whom President Hamid Karzai has assigned to investigate the killings. He told her that village elders believe several soldiers took part in the massacre, and they found the boot prints of three or four people. Other Afghans, however, say they only saw one soldier leave the base that night, CNN reports.

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bewilderbeast
Apr 3, 2012 9:54 AM CDT
Shame on America. When the US military say something, many of us take it as a given that that is NOT The truth. The US military LIE as a first instinct. They tell the truth only reluctantly, when exposed, and usually long afterward. The truth will come out. GO HOME.
slammer
Mar 30, 2012 7:07 PM CDT
YOU CAN BET THAT IF THERE WERE TWENTY SOLDIERS THIS SCUM WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN LEFT TO SEE ANYTHING! WE MUST GET OUT OF THERE NOW AND LET THEM KILL EACHOTHER IN PEACE!
Bartmaeus
Mar 30, 2012 2:00 PM CDT
This Just In. There are reports of one of the assassins crying Yoda, come on! Come on, Yoda! Its fun.