According to Afghan and NATO officials, a US service member left his base in South Afghanistan and went on a rampage killing anywhere from 15 to 18 civilians. The reported number of casualties varies depending on reports.
The service member is currently detained at a NATO base. An investigation has begun between US and Afghan authorities.
The shooting took place in Alkozai, a town in the Kandahar province. The service member has not been named.
A resident of Alkozai, where the shootings took place, told an Associated Press reporter that 16 people were killed as the U.S. service member went into three different houses and started shooting. The villager, Abdul Baqi, said he had not seen the bodies himself, but had talked to the family members of the dead.
“When it was happening in the middle of the night we were inside our houses. I heard gunshots and then silence and then gunshots again,” Baqi said.
UPDATE: 5:33AM PST
17 people were killed according to Al Jazeera.