MoD investigating footage of British Army 'using Corbyn poster as target practice'


The Army has confirmed it is investigating after a video was shared on social media showing soldiers shooting at an image of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Footage captured in Kabul, Afghanistan, shows personnel from 3rd Battalion, Parachute Regiment using an image of the Islington North MP for target practice on a Simunition range.

The video shows a number of soldiers taking aim down the range and firing their weapons – the camera then focuses on the target and zooms in on an image of Mr Corbyn.

With a graphic of "happy with that" across the screen throughout, a number of marks can be seen peppered across Mr Corbyn's face.

It is understood it was a non-lethal hardened wax substance aimed and fired at the image instead of metal bullets, with the incident taking place in the past few days.

Within hours of the footage appearing on social media, it had been described by Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood as 'unacceptable'.

Mr Ellwood tweeted: "If authentic, this is unacceptable. Am looking into it."

An Army spokesperson said: "We are aware of a video circulating on social media, this behaviour s totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the army expects.

"A full investigation has been launched."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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