Afghans: U.S. paid out $50,000 per shoot­ing-spree death

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KAN­DA­HAR | The U.S. paid $50,000 in com­pen­sa­tion for each vil­lager killed and $11,000 for each per­son wounded in a shoot­ing ram­page al­legedly car­ried out by a rogue Amer­i­can soldier in south­ern Afghanistan, Afghan of­fi­cials said Sun­day.

The fam­i­lies were told that the money came from Pres­i­dent Obama. The un­usu­ally large pay­outs were the lat­est move by the White House to mend re­la­tions with the Afghan peo­ple af­ter the killings threat­ened to shat­ter al­ready tense re­la­tions.

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is ac­cused of sneak­ing off his base on March 11, then creep­ing into houses in two nearby vil­lages and open­ing fire on fam­i­lies as they slept.

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