US must help Afghan villages hit by army sergeant's killing spree: Karzai
KABUL (AFP) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the United States should ensure a better future for villages where an American army sergeant went on a killing rampage last year.
Robert Bales was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Friday for murdering 16 civilians when he slipped away from his base to attack homes in the Panjwayi district of Kandahar province in the south of Afghanistan.
Bales, 40, had earlier pleaded guilty to the killings in a deal brokered by his defence to avoid the death penalty.
"A life sentence or a death sentence will not bring back the children he killed or the happiness of the families," Mr Karzai told a press conference in Kabul.