Families of Afghanistan shooting victims receive money from U.S.
- $850k the amount the U.S. government paid to victims’ families in the Afghanistan shooting
- $50k the amount the family of each person killed received from the U.S. government
- $10k the amount the family of each person injured received from the U.S. government source
» Meant as compensation? According to Afghan official Haji Nyamat Khan (a Kandahar provincial council member), he U.S. government offered the money as a way to help the families, not solely as compensation. But a NATO official disputed that, specifically saying it was meant as compensation. Whether or not this is the case could be significant, as “blood money” can be used as a way to replace a trial in Afghanistan. The suspect in the shooting, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, is currently getting tried in the U.S., but many Afghan want him to be tried there.