UN mission expects investigation into alleged shooting rampage in Afghanistan

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The UN political mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has expressed shock and sadness following the shooting deaths of several civilians on Sunday.

According to reports, 16 people were killed after an American soldier allegedly went on a rampage in Kandahar province in southern Afghanistan.

Martin Nesirky is the UN spokesperson in New York:

"The mission expected that an investigation will rapidly establish the facts, that those responsible will be held accountable, and that the public will be fully informed. The mission expressed its deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and wishes a speedy recovery to those wounded."

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was at the UN on Monday for a Security Council meeting, said those responsible for the killings would be held accountable:

 "Let me say that like many Americans I was shocked and saddened by the killings of innocent Afghan villagers this weekend.  We send our condolences to families who have lost their loved ones and to the people of Afghanistan.  This is not who we are, and the United States is committed to seeing that those responsible are held accountable."

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Meanwhile, UN agencies and their humanitarian partners have increased aid relief to people affected by a deadly avalanche in northern Afghanistan a week ago.

Fifty people were killed and four injured in the disaster. The UN and its partners are also continuing to search for 145 people who went missing and are presumed dead.

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