Former Australian troops charged in Afghan deaths

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 27, 2010 07:04

Three former Australian commandos will be charged with manslaughter in relation to a late-night raid on a compound in Afghanistan that killed five children, Australia's top military prosecutor said Monday.

The special forces soldiers, who were not identified, face multiple charges including manslaughter, dangerous conduct, failing to comply with a lawful general order and prejudicial conduct, Brigadier Lyn McDade, the director of military prosecutions, said in a statement.

The charges relate to a February 2009 raid on a compound in southern Uruzgan province that was believed to harbor Taliban insurgents. Six Afghans, including five children, were killed, and another two children and two adults were wounded.

The civilians died after the Special Operations Task Group soldiers used gunfire and hand grenades during the operation, the defense department said at the time.


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