By CNN Political Unit
(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Sunday that the recent shooting of Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier was "very very sad" and that "our hearts go out to these innocent people."
"One of our soldiers went into a couple of homes and just killed people at random – very very sad especially following that incident dealing with the Qurans," Reid, D-Nevada, said on CNN's "State of the Union." "It's just not a good situation. Our troops are under such tremendous pressure in Afghanistan. It's a war unlike no other war we've been involved in, but no one can condone or make any suggestion that what he did was right. It was absolutely wrong."
An American soldier left his base and shot Afghan civilians in Kandahar province, killing 16 people and wounding an unspecified number of others, provincial council member Haji Agha Lali said Sunday.
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