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Royal Marines Held Over Suspected Murder


Seven Royal Marines have been arrested on suspicion of murder, it was reported today. The arrests are in relation to an incident in 2011, in which an insurgent was killed. The incident occurred during 3 Commando Brigade's deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan (Herrick 14, April - September 2011). Royal Military Police arrested the Royal Marines on Thursday.

The Ministry of Defence issued the following statement:

"The Royal Military Police have arrested seven Royal Marines on suspicion of murder. The arrests relate to an incident in Afghanistan in 2011.

The incident followed an engagement with an insurgent; there were no civilians involved. The investigation will now be taken forward and dealt with by the service justice system. "

The arrests are the first time that British military personnel have been arrested for murder for actions carried out in Afghanistan.

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