– Army Spokesman
There are occasions when it is necessary for the RMP Special Investigations Branch to retain slides of forensic material from individuals killed on operations as part of their investigation - this is standard practice.
However, the RMP identified there were a small number of cases where this had been done without the correct processes being followed to inform families. It is thought there could be 60 forensic items, such as microscope slides, containing material from some individuals.
Investigations are being carried out urgently into this matter. "
Body parts and tissue samples of soldiers killed in Afghanistan have been kept without their families' permission, the Ministry of Defence has admitted.