Afghan police reveals they shot and killed a bird carrying an explosives in a region ravaged by Taliban violence on Saturday.
According to media reports, bird equipped with an antenna was flying over a police checkpoint on a highway in northern Faryab province, Khaama Press reported.
Police began tracking it at around 8 a.m. and decided to shoot the bird after noticing the antenna, NBC News reported.
The bird exploded, scattering metal debris. Police reportedly found parts of what appeared to be a GPS and camera.
Police then investigated the fallen bird’s dead body and revealed that it was carrying equipment that could be used to cause an explosion.
However, if you pause the video clip on the piece of “suspicious metal stuff,” attached to the bird and read the writing, it appears the Afghan army shot down a bird that was being monitored by the ECCH (Emirates Center for Conservation of Houbara). The video indicates a small tag with writing. On the tag it has the letters ECCH- Houbara Conservation with a telephone number in Uzbekistan 011 998 93 950 9530 (9550- ext).
The bird appears to have been a Houbara Bustard, an endangered species being monitored by the center.
Local authorities added that it is possible the bird had been “deployed” on a surveillance mission. Using animals in warfare or for suicide missions is unusual but not unheard of. Hamas militants reportedly put explosives on a donkey and pushed it in the direction of Israeli soldiers as fighting intensified this summer in Gaza.
News source: Inquisitr