British troops investigated for child abuse in Afghanistan
Published 18/01/2012 | 10:52
Police are investigating allegations of child abuse by two British soldiers in Afghanistan, it emerged today.
According to the Sun, two servicemen from the Mercian Battle Group have been arrested over claims that they abused two Afghan children aged about 10.
They are said to have filmed the separate incidents and shown them to colleagues on their laptops, the newspaper claimed.
A Military of Defence spokeswoman confirmed the Royal Military Police was investigating.
The spokeswoman said: "We are aware that an allegation has been made concerning alleged inappropriate behaviour by two servicemen in Afghanistan.
"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."