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French army disputes veracity of Wikileaks report

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2010-07-27

One of the secret reports published by Wikileaks states that French soldiers wounded eight Afghan children during an incident in 2008.The French army says that procedures were followed and that only four civilians were slightly injured.

What happened on Oct. 2, 2008, on a road in the north-east of Afghanistan?

One of the approximately 92,000 US intelligence reports leaked by the whistleblower website Wikileaks reports on an incident involving the French military injuring Afghan civilians.
The UK’s Guardian newspaper was given early access to these documents, and found a report that spoke of a French military convoy passing Tangi Kalay village, north-east of Kabul, which then fired on a bus and injured eight Afghan children.
 
FRANCE24 contacted the French army, who responded with an email stating that on the day in question two Afghan minivans tried to insert themselves into a French military convoy headed for Surobi district on that date.
 
'Procedures were followed'
 
"The military, according to procedures, first made warning gestures, then two warning shots in the air, and finally two warning shots at the ground in front of the leading minivan," said the email. The minivans then stopped, and the military convoy continued driving.
 
The email goes on to state that shortly after, "four Afghan civilians" arrived at Camp Warehouse for medical attention, "due to minor injuries as a result of the shooting."
 
According to The Guardian, five children were transported to the camp, where a medical team were waiting.
 
The army states, "one of the Afghan civilians left the French medical centre the same day, two the next day”. Only one of the injured civilians was a child, who was “initially treated by the French medical team”, and sent later to the Mother and Child Hospital in Kabul.
 
No deaths were reported by any of the sources.

 

Date created : 2010-07-26

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