U.S. Soldier Accused of Killing 16 Afghans, Including Women and Children - ABC News In an untimely blow to U.S.-Afghan relations, a U.S. soldier left his base in Kandahar in the middle of the night, walked to a nearby residential area and opened fire, allegedly killing up to 16 Afghan civilians. Nine of the victims were children, and three were women, all shot while they slept in their beds, according to villagers and the Afghan president's office. U.S. officials were quick to condemn the attack. "I offer my profound regret and deepest condolences to the victims and their families," Gen. John Allen, head of NATO forces in Afghanistan, said in a statement.