Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Taliban capture Nato military dog

Troops conduct IED training with a sniffer dog at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan

The Taliban have captured a military dog belonging to Nato forces in Afghanistan, releasing a video of the animal wearing a high-tech harness.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said today that the dog was captured during a battle about a month ago in Laghman province, east of the capital, Kabul.

The insurgents sent by email a video showing a brown dog held on a leash by a Taliban fighter. It wore a harness mounted with a video camera and a voiceover said the dog was being called Colonel.

Mr Mujahid said by telephone that the dog is in good health and is not being mistreated.

The Nato-led coalition in Afghanistan confirmed today that one of its military dogs went missing during a mission in December. It gave no other details.

AP

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