Australian military probing Afghan 'misconduct' report
SYDNEY (AFP) - The Australian Defence Force said on Friday it was investigating an incident of "potential misconduct" by troops in Afghanistan following a report that a dead insurgent's hands were cut off.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation said elite special forces were under investigation for mutilating the corpse of at least one person following a fierce battle in Zabul province in April in which four enemy fighters were killed.
"The ABC understands the hands were removed from an insurgent's corpse and taken back to the Australian base at Tarin Kot," the broadcaster said on its website.
It said it understood the soldiers were accused of cutting off the hands for the purpose of obtaining fingerprints, adding that troops are asked to collect fingerprints and eye scans from dead insurgents where possible.