Allegations of U.S. ‘Kill Team’: Killed Afghan Civilians, Collected Fingers
September 9, 2010
U.S. (ChattahBox World News) – A group of soldiers who are accused to creating a ‘kill team’ to murder Afghan civilians, taking their fingers and posing in photographs with the bodies, the Guardian has announced.
Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs is believed to be the ‘leader’ of the group, which comes from the Stryker infantry in Kandahar. He arrived earlier this year, and began boasting of crimes he got away with in Iraq. He was joined by Jeremy Morlock, investigators say, in creating a squad of soldiers that would kill civilians.
Gul Mudin became the first victim that is known about. Morlock allegedly threw a grenade over a wall while on patrol with Andrew Holmes. Holmes, thinking they were under attack, then shot over the wall at the man, but was later told that it was “just for fun”, and threatened if he told anyone about it.
At least three have been killed, investigators believe, but it could be more. Gibbs may have also been responsible for murders in Iraq, according to his own boasts.
The fingers of some victims were taken, and the group posed with the bodies in photos.
Of those accused are Gibbs, Morlock, Holmes, Michael Wagnon and Adam Winfield. Another seven have been accused of covering up the murders, as well as assault on an unnamed soldier when he reported the group of smoking hashish stolen from civilians on base.
The soldier, who was new from basic training, found them on his patrol in a shipping container smoking the drug. They then beat him severely and told him to keep his mouth shut. He reported the beating, as well as details of the murders he had gathered since coming onto base.
If found guilty, the four could be facing the death penalty for war crimes.