British military officials say they are investigating leaked photographs which appear to show a U.K. soldier posing next to the body of a dead Taliban fighter in Afghanistan. The BBC, which published the images on its website Friday, said the photos were taken after insurgents attacked Camp Bastion, Britain's main army base in Afghanistan, in 2012. The photos show a soldier kneeling next to the body of a dead man and giving a thumbs-up sign.
The Ministry of Defense said in a statement that the Royal Air Force is treating the incident seriously, and has launched a military police investigation on the matter. It said it could not comment further because of the ongoing probe. The ministry added that "inappropriate actions will not be tolerated in the armed forces."