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Karzai wants US soldier tried in Afghanistan for massacre

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has met Afghan President Hamid Karzai on the second day of his visit to Afghanistan.

The meeting followed a US soldier's shooting of 16 civilians in Kandahar, amid questions over the West's strategy in Afghanistan.

Among demands being raised by Afghan civilians and parliament members is that the soldier responsible be tried in Afghanistan over the shooting, one of the worst of its kind since US-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in 2001.

Protests take place in Zabul over Afghan soldier shooting

The deputy Governor for Zabul, Mohammad Jan Rasool Yar has confirmed a protest is taking place in the Zabul province, Afghanistan. The peaceful protest began at 8.30am, with demonstrators blocking the Zabul and Kandahar road until 10:00am. The highways were reopened after an hour.

A 1000 people turned out for the demonstration according to Rasool Yar. He also added that the demonstrators were saying "death to Americans" and "death to the puppets of the Americans".

The protesters are demanding that all foreign troops should leave Afghanistan and the US soldier who killed 16 civilians in Kandahar to be tried in Afghanistan.


Afghan hijacker 'dies from burns'

The Afghan man who drove a vehicle onto an airport runway at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan has died as a result of his injuries, a US official told Reuters. He reportedly set himself on fire.

A US official also said there is no indication that the man knew about the imminent arrival of Leon Panetta, US Secretary of Defence.

Isaf: One injured by explosion at Camp Bastion

A statement from Isaf said: "Isaf is aware of a stolen vehicle incident today at Camp Bastion, which resulted in the injury of one coalition service member.

"The alleged perpetrator was apprehended by base security personnel. We are currently investigating to determine more facts.

"This incident took place this afternoon around the same time U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta was arriving in Afghanistan. At no point was the Secretary or anyone on the aircraft in any danger from this incident."


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