10:38am UK, Monday August 08, 2011
The Ministry of Defence is investigating reports that a soldier kept the
fingers of dead Taliban insurgents as "souvenirs".
The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation
after allegations emerged
It is believed the soldier is a member of the Argyle and Sutherland
Highlanders, the 5th Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.
The Regiment last served in Afghanistan between September 2010 and April of
They were based in Helmand Province, where they were heavily involved with
training local police.
The allegations are now being examined by the MoD's
special investigations branch.
A spokesman said: "This is a very serious allegation and it would be wrong
for us to comment. An investigation is ongoing."
In July 2010 a Ghurka soldier was ordered back to the UK after he cut off the
head of a dead Taliban commander.
The incident happened after his unit was told they must prove they had killed
the right man.
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