Hundreds of Afghan university students have taken to the streets to protest the American soldier who slaughtered 16 villagers in Sunday's shooting spree in Kandahar. Nine children were killed in the massacre.
About 400 students rallied in Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad on Tuesday. The mob, which blocked a highway leading to the country’s capital of Kabul, chanted anti-American slogans and demanded a public trial for the shooter.
They also burned an effigy of US president Barack Obama and shouted “Death to America – Death to Obama.” Some carried aggressive banners, one of them saying "Jihad (holy war) is the only way to get the invading Americans out of Afghanistan," AFP news agency reports.
The protest follows a call by Afghanistan’s parliament to publicly try the shooter. American Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced on Monday that the soldier might face the death penalty if convicted. He added that the man will be tried under US military law. The Taliban released a statement promising revenge for the massacre of the “defenseless Afghanis”.