A probe was launched by the British defence ministry into claims
that a soldier cut fingers off dead Taliban fighters to keep as
souvenirs, BBC reported Monday.
The allegations relate to a soldier from the Argyll and Sutherland
Highlanders, who was serving in Afghanistan.
The claims centre on the battalion's last tour of duty in the
country. It was deployed in Helmand from September 2010 until
April this year, tasked with training Afghan police.
Soldiers from the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th
Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Scotland, are recruited in
Scotland but based in Canterbury, in Kent.
Douglas Young, executive chairman of the British Armed Forces
Federation, said he was "shocked" to learn of the probe.
"While the facts still need to be established, if there turns out
to be anything in these claims, clearly the MoD are correct to
treat the matter very seriously."
"The alleged behaviour is totally out of kilter with the ethos of
the armed forces," the BBC quoted him as saying.