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Poland charges 6 soldiers with murdering civilians in Afghanistan
Poland charges 6 soldiers with murdering civilians in Afghanistan

[JURIST] Polish prosecutors have charged six Polish soldiers with murder and violations of the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials] in connection with an August 16 incident in Afghanistan in which the soldiers allegedly fired into a crowd of civilians who posed no threat of harm to the soldiers. Six people, including three children, were killed by the Polish soldiers, and three women suffered severe injuries resulting in amputated limbs. Prosecutors said the soldiers had been sent to the village of Nangarkhel several hours after another group of Polish soldiers had encountered a roadside bomb outside the village. The soldiers allegedly found no Taliban troops hiding in the village, but opened fire on a group of civilians.

A seventh soldier was charged with lesser offenses in connection with the incident. AP has more.