Canadian military launches probe into deaths of 2 children in Afghanistan
From CBC News
The Canadian military is investigating allegations that two Afghan children were killed in an explosion Monday caused by a shell left by Canadian troops.
The probe follows the accusation by a Panjwaii district elder who claims two children were killed and three wounded when they came across an unexploded Canadian rocket from a firing exercise in the village of Salehan, about 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city.
Army spokesman Maj. Mario Corture confirmed troops were in the area on Sunday conducting firing exercises. But he said they followed standard procedure and swept the fields before departing.
“We do have very strict policies that prohibit leaving behind any unexploded ordnance and make every effort to make sure the safety of Afghan civilians and our own personnel while we conduct those ranges, or after we conduct those ranges,” Corture said.
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