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Afghan Girl Killed By RAF Leaflet Drop

by | 30th, September 2009

leafletNEWS from the war on terror is that a young Afghan girl walking in Helmand province, Afghanistan, has been killed by a box of public information leaflets dropped from an RAF aircraft.

The Ministry of Defence says the box did not break apart in mid air but fell to the ground intact. It hit the girl. She was take to a hospital in Kandahar where she died.

A spokesman for the RAF says:

“In a tragic incident on 23 June, an air-drop of public information leaflets took place in a rural area in Helmand Province.

“It is a matter of deep regret that one of the boxes failed to fully open and on landing caused serious injuries to an Afghan child.

“The child was treated at a local medical facility in Kandahar where, despite the best efforts of staff, she died as a result of her injuries. An investigation into the incident is under way.”

As for the contents of the leaflets, the MoD is cagey. But many leaflets do highlight the perils of war and being vigilant…

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