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Australian soldiers 'were not told the rules' -

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A defence inquiry says no action should be taken against soldiers who broke NATO military
procedures in Afghanistan.


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: A Defence inquiry has found Australian soldiers were too quick to shoot
when they gunned down two Afghan policemen last August, but it says no action should be taken
against them.

One policeman was killed and the other injured as their motorbike approached a checkpoint set up by
Australian soldiers.

The inquiry found that under NATO military procedures, a warning flare should have been fired
before lethal force was used.

The soldiers involved in the shooting were equipped with pen flares and both had the "time and
tactical circumstances" to use them.

But the Australian soldiers claimed they weren't told the rules when they arrived in Afghanistan.

The inquiry report says new instructions have been issued to ensure Australian troops comply with
the rules.