British troops in Afghan child abuse investigation

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 22:33

London: British military police have
launched an investigation into claims that two servicemen
abused children in Afghanistan, the defence ministry said
on Wednesday.

The Sun newspaper reported that a sergeant and a private
from the Mercian Battle Group have been arrested over claims
that they abused an Afghan boy and a girl, both aged about 10,
and filmed the incidents.

"We are aware that an allegation has been made concerning
alleged inappropriate behaviour by two servicemen in
Afghanistan," a Ministry of Defence spokesman said in a
statement.

"The Royal Military Police (Special Investigations
Branch) has launched an investigation into this. We take any
such allegation extremely seriously.

"It would be inappropriate to comment further while an
investigation is ongoing."

The allegation comes less than a week after a video
emerged showing US Marines urinating on the corpses of
militants in Afghanistan.

Britain has some 9,500 troops in Afghanistan, mainly
based in Helmand where they are battling a Taliban insurgency.

Britain intends to pull out all its combat troops by 2015.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 22:33

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