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The soldier’s trial is not the only point of contention in the case. The U.S. has said the killings were carried out by a single shooter, but some Afghan officials and local villagers have insisted that at least two soldiers were involved.

On Thursday, 13 civilians, including nine children and four women, were killed when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in southern Uruzgan province, police spokesman Fareed Ilayal said.

Associated Press writers Deb Riechmann and Lolita C. Baldor in Kabul, Mirwais Khan in Kandahar, Kathy Gannon in Islamabad and Adam Schreck in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, contributed to this report.