On the night of March 5, 1770...five men had been shot to death in Boston town by British soldiers. Precipitating the event known as the Boston Massacre was a mob of men and boys taunting a sentry standing guard at the city's customs house. When other British soldiers came to the sentry's support, a free-for-all ensued and shots were fired into the crowd.
Four died on the spot and a fifth died after four days. Six others were wounded.
The presence of British troops in Boston had long been a sore point among Boston's radical politicians. Paul Revere wasted no time in capitalizing on the Massacre to highlight British tyranny and stir up anti-British sentiment among his fellow colonists.
Few historians would deny that the "Boston Massacre" proved to be a milestone in America's road to independence.
Army Capt. Jeff Hall and his platoon rolled up near the Al-Sa'ah Restaurant in Humvees and were quickly mobbed by angry residents. Nearby, two bullet-riddled cars and a dead man with his head split open were all that remained from a U.S. operation that had gone badly.
Hall and his troops arrived on the scene July 27, minutes after a group of special operations forces had left, leaving behind a bloody mess. As many as five civilians are believed to have died that day when soldiers opened fire at a street corner, a few blocks away from where other troops raided a tribal leader’s home.
The exact details of what has been called the "Mansour Massacre" remain elusive. Witnesses give conflicting accounts, while the U.S. military has released little information.
[Local resident] Abraham Ibrahim said that troops are acting no better than the former regime if they kill or scare innocent civilians. He said his father does not leave the house because a soldier pointed his gun at him at an intersection.
"If they act like this, it’s better to leave," the Abraham Ibrahim said.
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