Afghan families react to Prince Harry’s admission of killing 25 people
Afghan families have called for Prince Harry to stand trial after he admitted killing 25 people while fighting in Afghanistan for the British Army.
In his memoir, titled Spare, Harry, the Duke of Sussex, revealed that he killed 25 people as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. He said he didn’t see them as “people”, but rather as “chess pieces” that had been removed from the board.
The prince’s comments drew heavy criticism from Afghans.
Harry – who first served in Afghanistan as a forward air controller during air raids from 2007 to 2008 and then flew the attack helicopter between 2012 and 2013 – did his military service at the British base Camp Bastion in the Helmand province of the country.
Families who lost loved ones in the airstrikes in Sangin district, Helmand province, say those people were not rebels or terrorists, but ordinary Afghans.
Hamdullah Alizai, 45, a resident of Sangin district, said that in August 2008 the British Air Force carried out attacks on their settlements, killing 27 people, including his father and 15-year-old brother.
“We were devastated then and we had difficult days. We strongly condemn Prince Harry’s statements. We demand that he be tried and punished,” Alizay said.
Another resident, Mohammed Alizai, 38, said he lost his newly engaged brother, then 23, in the attacks.
He recalled that they had to bury some bodies in different villages for fear of bombardments.
Habibul Rahman Noorzai, 38, whose father, uncle and 20-year-old brother were killed in the attacks, said: “British and foreign soldiers have committed many atrocities here. We want them brought to justice.