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Last modified: 26 Mar 2012 13:45

The wife of Robert Bales, the US soldier charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder for a March 11 pre-dawn attack that led to the death of 17 Afghan civilians, has spoken to the US media. 

In an appearance on a morning programme on Monday, Karilyn Bales said that when she first heard of the massacre in the southern province of Kandahar, she "prayed and prayed that my husband wasn’t involved".

"They just said that perhaps, you know, they thought that he had left the base, and gone out and perhaps killed the Afghan civilians, and that was really the only sentence, and I just started crying” she said of first being informed of the attack itself. 

“It’s unbelievable to me,” she said of the charges against her husband. “I have no idea what happened, but he would not -he loves children and he would not do that.”