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Afghanistan: Two children allegedly killed by Australian troops

March 3, 2013

Australian soldiers have been accused of accidentally shooting dead two children during an operation against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan.

The boys, aged seven and eight, were shot dead during an operation involving Australian and Afghan troops in Uruzgan province.

Uruzgan provincial governor Amir Mohammad Akhundzada told AFP that Australian troops killed the two children in a “mistaken” retaliatory attack.

“The children were killed by Australian troops, it was a mistaken incident, not a deliberate one,” Mr Akhundzada said, adding that insurgents had first shot at a helicopter carrying the Australian soldiers.

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

No blame attaches to the troops — just the morons who sent them there.

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