Relative of victims recounts details of massacre


JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — A relative of some of the victims who died in a massacre in southern Afghanistan last March says he had found their bodies piled together and lit on fire.

Khamal testified Friday through an interpreter and by live video feed from Kandahar during a preliminary hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

Bales is charged with 16 counts of premeditated murder in a March 11 attack on two villages and faces the death penalty if convicted.

Khamal described himself as a cousin of Mohammed Wazir. Six of Wazir's seven children, his wife and mother were killed.

Khamal says he arrived at the compound to find Wazir's mother's body in the doorway with a gunshot to her head. He says the bodies were found inside.

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