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Australian police clear soldier over 'severed hands'

From BBC - September 14, 2017

A soldier in Australia's SAS will not face criminal charges for severing the hands of dead men suspected of being Taliban insurgents.

The incident in Afghanistan in 2013 was referred to the Australian Federal Police by army officials two years ago.

Alleged details were leaked to the Australian media at the time, sparking discussion about army's practices in Afghanistan.

Police have referred the matter back to the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The investigation concerned a joint operation between Australian and Afghan soldiers to track down insurgents in Zabul province, Australian media said.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp reported that the SAS soldier removed the right hands of two men killed in the operation, to later identify them through biometric testing.

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