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French Special Forces accidentally shoot 16 civilians

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THREE people including a child are in a critical condition after live bullets were accidentally used in a French special forces demonstration.

Sixteen people, 15 of them civilians, were injured in the bizarre incident, as parachutists from a marines parachute regiment demonstrated to the public the techniques involved in hostage liberation exercises.

According to the army toll, three are in a critical condition after "incomprehensible'' scenes at a barracks near Carcassone, in the country's south-west.

One soldier has been detained, although no explanation was immediately forthcoming for why the wrong ammunition was loaded into weapons.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy was urgently awaiting the results of a top-level military probe into the accident, according to a presidential statement.

A regional official, Bernard Lemaire, told France 3 radio that two civilians including one child were "critical''.

He said that investigators believed the deadly ammunition was loaded by mistake.

"The question being asked is 'Did the soldier engage in a criminal act or not?','' Lemaire said.

"For now, no one can answer that, but the theory being worked on is one of error.''
Very strange 8O
Heads will roll over this
 

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