By the CNN Wire Staff
Camp Bastion, Afghanistan (CNN) - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in Afghanistan on Wednesday for a two-day visit amid anger among Afghan leaders about a weekend shooting rampage blamed on an American soldier.
Panetta is the first high ranking U.S. official to visit the war zone since the killing spree in Kandahar province on Sunday that left 16 Afghan civilians dead. A U.S. soldier is now in custody in connection with the shootings.
The defense secretary is due to meet with Afghan tribal leaders and government ministers, but his schedule does not include a visit to the area where the killings took place.
His first stop in Afghanistan was at Camp Bastion and the adjoining base Camp Leatherneck, where he was to meet with top U.S. and British military leaders and speak to a group of about 200 troops. From there he will travel to a nearby forward operating base to meet more coalition troops before flying onto Kabul.FULL STORY