Kabul: The US soldier who allegedly shot 16 Afghan villagers was caught on surveillance video that showed him walking up to his base and raising his arms in surrender, according to an Afghan official who viewed the footage.
The official said yesterday that US authorities showed Afghan authorities the surveillance video to prove that only perpetrator was involved in the Sunday shootings, which have sparked outrage across the country.
A delegation investigating the shootings was meeting in the southern city of Kandahar on Wednesday when a bomb hidden in a motorcycle exploded about 600 yards away.
The blast killed one Afghan intelligence official and wounded three other people, but the delegation members were unharmed.
The day before, the delegation visited the two villages in Kandahar where the shootings took place. The villagers angry at foreign troops, frustrated with their government and tired of war recounted the tragedy.
Two who lost relatives insisted that not one but at least two soldiers took part in the shootings. Afghan officials have also suggested that more than one shooter was involved.
The video, taken from an overhead blimp that films the area around the base, shows a soldier in a US uniform approaching the south gate of the base with a traditional Afghan shawl hiding the weapon in his hand, the official said.