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Corbyn ‘shocked’ by video of troops using his face as target

By Alistair Bunkall, defence and security correspondent

Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “shocked” by footage ..

By admin , in England , at April 3, 2019

By Alistair Bunkall, defence and security correspondent

Jeremy Corbyn has said he is "shocked" by footage of soldiers shooting at a photograph of him during target practice.

An investigation has been launched into the video, which was first posted on Snapchat before being widely shared.

The Ministry of Defence has confirmed the video is legitimate.

The Labour Party leader said: "I'm shocked, obviously, that this sort of thing has happened.

"I hope the Ministry of Defence will conduct an inquiry into it and find out what was going on and who did that."

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Referring to the threats against Rosie Cooper MP and the atmosphere in British politics, Mr Corbyn said: "Yes people have disagreements and yes people have divisions.

"Conduct those divisions and disagreements in a respectful way. Don't descend into something ugly and violent."

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Image: Jeremy Corbyn's face is in the target practice area in the video

The incident is understood to have happened within the past few days in a Kabul loft range used by deployed soldiers to practice close-protection techniques.

The soldiers were using paint "simunition" rounds, not bullets, but multiple holes can be seen in the picture of Mr Corbyn's head. The video carries the caption "happy with that".

"We are aware of a video circulating on social media, this behaviour is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the army expects, a full investigation has been launched," an army spokesman said.

The soldiers, from the 3rd battalion, Parachute Regiment, have been spoken to and are due to leave Afghanistan shortly because their tour is coming to an end.

The range is used by soldiers working as "guardian angels" in Kabul.

Brigadier Nick Perry, Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade, Parachute Regiment
Image: Brigadier Nick Perry, Commander 16 Air Assault Brigade, Parachute Regiment, confirmed the investigation

Their job is to protect senior military officials, diplomats and politicians as they move around the country. Images of celebrities are often used in the exercises but as individuals to protect, not to aim at.

A Labour Party spokesman said: "This behaviour is alarmRead More – Source

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