Let’s face it, fishing can be boring. It can take a long time to get a bite and even then, unless you’re really lucky, it’s usually not a high yield operation. Some local yokel policemen in Afghanistan (not pictured above) ran headlong into this same problem when they tried their hand at angling recently. Looking at the problem and the gear they had at hand, the group clearly thought they’d figured out a better way. They decided to employ the solution so many people in the Middle East seem to turn to to solve just about any problem these days: an RPG . . .
From the Associated Press:
Afghan security forces have arrested eight policemen for accidentally killing six children when firing a rocket into a river to catch fish, officials said Wednesday.
The incident took place last Friday in the Doshi district of the northern province of Baghlan when policemen on the bank of a river fired a rocket-propelled grenade into the water.
“The rocket went astray and hit a place where children were playing, killing six and wounding two others,” the interior ministry said in a statement.
“Eight police personnel accused of misusing government weapons that killed these children have been arrested and handed over to military prosecutors for investigation,” it said.
Around here, the phrase “police militarization” means coppers carrying M16 rifles and tooling around in armored cars. Thankfully things haven’t progressed to the level where they’re packing RPGs in the trunks of their cruisers. Yet. And if the cops had been dedicated members of the Armed Intelligentsia, they’d know that shooting a gun into water is inherently dangerous. Just like bullets, RPGs can skip off of the surface like a stone. We’re guessing that they won’t be alive long enough to enjoy them, but we’ll be sending IGOTD trophies their way anyway.