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Marine video led to killing of French troops

The 21-year-old Afghan recruit had viewed the video that was widely distributed on YouTube and other video-sharing websites.

Updated: Jan 25, 2012, 16:06 PM IST

Kabul: A spokesman for the Afghan military
says a soldier who turned on French troops and killed four of them was angry about a video purporting to show US Marines desecrating the bodies of Taliban insurgents.

Defence Ministry Gen Mohammad Zahir Azimi said today that
the 21-year-old Afghan recruit had viewed the video that was
widely distributed on YouTube and other video-sharing
websites.

Azimi said it wasn`t clear if the video was the sole
motivation for the attack last week that also wounded more
than a dozen French troops at a base in eastern Afghanistan.

French investigators are travelling to Afghanistan to
assist the investigation. Last week`s attack was latest of
several by an Afghan soldier on international troops working
with the national army.

PTI