Seven British soldiers arrested in murder probe

Last updated 10:32 12/10/2012

Relevant offers

Asia

Death toll from capsized Philippine ferry rises to 51 Gold fillings and family grit helped solve the 71-year-old mystery of a veteran's burial Jetstar cancels Bali flights due to volcanic ash cloud Sabotage suspected as Pakistan troop train plunges into canal, killing 12 Ferry sinks off the Philippines, dozens dead TransAsia captain 'pulled wrong throttle' before Taipei crash Indonesia to call off search for victims in deadly military plane crash Indonesian military plane crashes into houses in Medan Two dead after man sets himself alight on Japan bullet train At least 17 injured in attack on NATO troops in Kabul

British military police have arrested seven soldiers on suspicion of murder, the defence ministry said early today (NZ time), following what it said was an "engagement" with an insurgent last year in Afghanistan.

"The Royal Military Police have today arrested seven Royal Marines on suspicion of murder. The arrests relate to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011. The incident followed an engagement with an insurgent: there were no civilians involved," the ministry said in a statement.

The defence ministry gave no further details.

Relations between Western forces and Afghan civilians have been strained in the last year after soldiers burned copies of the Koran at a Nato base and a US soldier was accused of killed 16 civilians in a rampage in March.

A video also emerged depicting US marines urinating on corpses.

Relations between Western troops and Afghan forces have also deteriorated after a series of "insider" attacks against NATO coalition troops by Afghan soldiers or by militants wearing Afghan military uniform.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content