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16 injured in military shooting demonstration

Published:Monday | June 30, 2008 | 11:07 AM

A military shooting demonstration in South East France has left 16 people wounded, after real bullets were used instead of blanks.

Four of the wounded, including a young child are reportedly in critical condition.

A Defence Ministry official said the incident occurred during a demonstration of hostage-freeing techniques at a barracks in Aude.

The soldier who fired the shots, has been detained, but it is still not clear why the wrong ammunition was used.

In a statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his horror at the incident and said he was urgently waiting for the results of an official investigation.