British Army soldiers have been filmed using a picture of Jeremy Corbyn as target practice.
The brief clip, 28 seconds long, is thought to have first been posted on Snapchat before being widely shared on Twitter.
A Ministry of Defence source confirmed the footage was genuine.
The footage captured in Kabul, Afghanistan, shows personnel from 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment using the Islington North MP as target practice on a gun range.
Do you know the soldiers? Email [email protected]
It is understood it was a non-lethal hardened wax substance aimed and fired at the image instead of metal bullets, with the incident taking place in the past few days.
The Army said they were aware of the video and branded the behaviour 'totally unacceptable'. It says a full investigation has been launched.
Jeremy Corbyn said: "I'm shocked, obviously, that this sort of thing has happened.
"I hope the Ministry of Defence will conduct an inquiry into it and find out what was going on and who did that."
Theresa May's official spokesman said: "This is clearly unacceptable. The MoD are now conducting a full investigation."
The spokesman said Mrs May was aware of the video's content but had not seen it.
Asked why she had not voiced her opinion at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, the spokesman said that she responded to the questions she was asked by MPs.
Soldiers are supposed to be politically neutral.
A Labour Party spokesperson said: “This behaviour is alarming and unacceptable. We have confidence in the MoD to investigate and act on this incident.”
The range is designed for and used by personnel to practice what is called the "guardian angel drill" – a force protection tactic.
In response, shadow defence secretary Nia Griffith slammed the video on Twitter, describing it as "shocking and completely unacceptable".
"Right that the Army is carrying out a full investigation," she added.
Tory MP Tom Tugendhat tweeted: "This is disgraceful and falls far below the standards expected of British Army soldiers."
Labour MP Angela Rayner wrote: "Absolutely disgraceful, l hope the investigation will be conducted thoroughly and the conclusions made public.
"Political tensions are heightened at the moment and this type of behaviour is wholly inappropriate and unacceptable, we expect much better from our Army and soldiers."
One person commenting on the footage said it was a horrid reminder of the murder of Jo Cox, the Labour MP shot and killed less than three years ago.
The clip shows the four uniformed men pull out their weapons and fire repeatedly into the distance.
Some online have claimed the unknown troops belong to the Parachute Regiment.
After they finish shooting, the video pans around to reveal a huge target of the Labour leader.
As it zooms in, at least fifteen shots can be seen peppered across his face.
The video includes the caption "Happy with that."
The gun range is used to train “guardian angels” – the soldiers who stand guard on comrades conducting training with Afghan forces.
It was brought in after a number of deadly insider attacks on British troops.
Despite doubts about its authenticity the clip has drawn wide criticism on social media, with one person dubbing the video "fascist."
Others said that the unknown troops – whose faces can be seen in the footage – belong to the Parachute Regiment.
Jade wrote: "Extremely fascist behaviour but okay."
Anders Gardberg said: "How deeply unprofessional.
"The task of any military unit in a democratic country is to defend the nation and its institutions, not even target them as a joke."
Zach Martin posted: "Almost certain this is illegal but even if it isn't against the law for uniformed military personnel to threaten death [on] a Member of Parliament, it's undeniably f ** terrifying.
"Gentle reminder that Jo Cox was murdered by a "British Patriot" less than three years go."
An Army spokesperson said. “We are aware of a video circulating on social media, this behaviour is totally unacceptable and falls well below the high standards the Army expects, a full investigation has been launched.”
Top news stories from Mirror Online
Source: Read Full Article