Troops ‘dug bullets’ from Afghan victims

Jerome Starkey; 6/4/10

US soldiers dug bullets out of their victims’ bodies in the aftermath of a botched night raid, then washed the wounds with alcohol before lying to their superiors about what happened, Afghan investigators have claimed. Two pregnant women, a teenage girl, a police officer and his brother were shot on February 12 when US and Afghan special forces stormed their home in Khataba village, outside Gardez, in eastern Afghanistan. The precise composition of the force has never been made public. The claims were made as NATO admitted responsibility for all the deaths for the first time last night. It had initially claimed the women had been dead for several hours when the assault force discovered their bodies.