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An Australian special forces soldier has been cleared of criminal charges after he cut off the hands of two dead men suspected of being Taliban fighters.

Following a two-year police investigation, no charges have been brought.

The incident occurred back in 2013. The Special Air Service Regiment [SAS] corporal searched the bodies of two men killed during an operation in Afghanistan in which they attempted to find an insurgent commander.

After discovering a weapon on one, he proceeded to remove their right hands with a scalpel instead of taking fingerprints, as a means of retrieving biometric information.

The case was referred to Australia's Federal police in 2015, which has today confirmed their investigation is complete.

No criminal action against the solider is now expected, although the matter has now been referred back to the Australian Defence Force.

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