staff and news service reports
updated 12/3/2011 12:33:51 PM ET 2011-12-03T17:33:51

A British soldier has been jailed for stabbing a 10-year-old Afghan boy with a bayonet for no reason, according to Britain's Ministry of Defense.

Prosecutors said that Daniel Crook, a Grenadier Guardsman stationed in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province, suffered from a hangover when he attacked the boy, who was on an errand. The boy survived the incident, which happened in March, 2010.

Crook admitted he stabbed the child, but could not explain why he did so when questioned by military police.

The Ministry of Defense confirmed Saturday that Crook was dismissed from the army, has faced court martial and is imprisoned for 18 months.

The boy's father, Haji Shah Zada told The Guardian newspaper that he didn't know why his son was attacked and received no apology from the British forces.

"Of course foreigners are the enemies of Afghans – otherwise he wouldn't do that to innocent child who was just going by on his bike," the 72-year-old shopkeeper told the British newspaper.

He said his son still has difficulties walking to school, located nearly a mile away.

On the question of compensation, the father said: "We asked for $40,000 but they only gave us $800."

Reuters contributed to this report.

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