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5 UK marines charged with murder in Afghan death

This photo taken on October 6, 2012 shows a man (bottom R) walking on the main road leading east from Faizabad, the capital of the province of Badakhshan. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT

LONDON: Britain's military says five Royal Marines have been charged with murder over a death in southern Afghanistan.

The five are among seven marines arrested last week. The others have been released without charge.

Officials have said the incident involved an insurgent in Helmand province, where the majority of Britain's 9,500 troops in Afghanistan are deployed. They say no civilians were involved.

The Ministry of Defense says the cases have been referred to the Services Prosecuting Authority, which oversees military trials.

It says the suspects are in custody. They are the first British troops to be charged with murder in Afghanistan since deployments began in 2001.

 

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