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Poland's military said Friday that it has opened an investigation to determine whether a group of Polish soldiers blew up an empty house in Afghanistan for fun.
Such an act would violate the Geneva Conventions, which define the needless destruction of civilian property as a war crime. If true, it would also prove an embarrassment to Poland's 2,600-strong military mission to Afghanistan.
Originally posted by ~Lucidity
Blowing up houses for fun?
Interesting. I hadn't heard of this one before.
Interesting that this qualifies as a war crime. I wonder if shooting dogs does too.
He said he has known soldiers to joke around while conducting controlled explosions or during other such missions —.
but that it would be a serious matter if the soldiers needlessly blew up a family's home.
The film is shot from a distance and details are difficult to make out, but Lukasiewicz said it seems to show a controlled explosion of unexploded ammunition — which in itself could have been a legitimate mission for the soldiers.