US Paid $50,000 For Each Afghan Killed in Shooting Spree in Kandahar Province
In a photo taken March 11, Afghan villagers prepare to remove the victims of a shooting from homes in Alkozai village, Kandahar province. Relatives of 17 people killed in the shooting rampage by a US soldier have been paid tens of thousands of dollars in compensation, Afghan government officials said. (AFP)
The US government gave $50,000 for each Afghan killed in a shooting spree by US Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.
The Blaze reported:
The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in the shooting spree allegedly committed by a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday.
The sums, much larger than typical payments made by the U.S. to families of civilians killed in military operations in Afghanistan, come as the U.S. tries to mend relations following the killing rampage that has threatened to undermine the international effort here.
Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of sneaking off his base on March 11, then creeping into houses in two nearby villages and opening fire on families as they slept.
U.S. investigators believe the gunman returned to his base after the first attack and later slipped away to kill again, American officials have said. Bales has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and other crimes and could face the death penalty if convicted…
…Civilian death compensations are occasionally made public. In 2010, U.S. troops in Helmand province said they paid $1,500-$2,000 for a death and $600-$1,500 for a serious injury.