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article imagePolish soldiers blow up Afghan hut ‘just for fun’

By Igor I. Solar     Aug 13, 2010 in World
Warsaw - Although the hut and other dwellings in the village had been abandoned, the soldiers' action, attacking a civilian object, violates the Geneva Convention and may cost the perpetrators up to eight years in prison.
Three Polish soldiers blew up an abandoned Afghan hut "for fun", according to a video released today by the online edition of the newspaper "Rzeczpospolita"
The video, about three minutes long, was recorded between October 2009 and April 2010 by members of the Polish Army deployed in Afghanistan, where Poland has 2 500 troops.
"Whay a beauty! says one of the soldiers when the projectile impacts the small building causing an explosion and a large mushroom-like cloud of smoke.
"It was just for fun," admitted a soldier to that newspaper.
Polish General Janusz Bronowicz said "This is a criminal and unacceptable," while the expert on humanitarian issues, Elzbieta Mikos, stressed that "the prohibition on attacking civilian objects are at the foundation of international law.”
The Polish Armed Forces are already investigating the facts and the weapons used for exploding the building which apparently was high-caliber ammunition fired from a Rosomak armored vehicle.
“This type of ammunition is very expensive. I cannot imagine that we are facing such a waste," said indignant Polish General Skrzypczak.
(Watch the video here)
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