A disturbing has emerged of what appears to be the killing of an unarmed Afghan man by an Australian Special Forces soldier in 2012.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) aired the footage in Four Corners program on Monday which shows part of a raid by Australian Special Forces in southern Uruzgan province in May 2012.
The helmet-camera footage an Australian soldier aiming his rifle at the man lying on the ground, who was subdued by an SAS squad dog and was lying on the ground.
The soldier shoots the man three times in the head and chest from about two metres away after calling out to his superior officer three times, saying: “Do you want me to drop this c—?”
Reacting to the airing of the video, the Australian defense minister Linda Reynolds says she was “deeply disturbed” after new allegations emerged that Australian special forces soldiers killed unarmed Afghans.
Reynolds issued a statement late on Monday in which she stated that “I am deeply disturbed by what has been aired in tonight’s Four Corners report.”
Emphasizing that she had steadfastly supported an inquiry by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) into allegations against special forces in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2016, Reynolds said “Where serious allegations are raised, Australians would rightly expect they are thoroughly examined.”