Soldier detained in Afghanistan over civilian casualties

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Posted: Mar 11, 2012 1:13 AM
Soldier detained in Afghanistan over civilian casualties

KABUL (Reuters) - A soldier has been detained in Afghanistan in connection with an incident involving civilian casualties in the southern Kandahar province, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Sunday.

"U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, in cooperation with Afghan authorities, will investigate this incident," ISAF said in a statement. It did not give further details.

Kandahar Governor Tooryalai Wisa said a U.S. soldier left his base in Kandahar on Saturday and opened fire on civilians. He said initial reports indicated up to 16 civilians were killed. That could not be immediately confirmed.

(Writing by Michael Georgy)