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Crimean Police Raid Wrong Home, Injure Father And Son

KYIV -- Police in Crimea have apologized for their "unfortunate mistake" in connection with a brutal raid on a family home in the village of Myrne that left a young boy in the hospital with brain injuries and his father with an amputated arm.

Riot police claim they mistakenly targeted the home of Crimean Tatar Mustafa Khairov while trying to apprehend a criminal shortly after midnight on February 23, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

Police officers reportedly got the address wrong.

The raid left Khairov, 59, with an arm that required amputation, a son in the hospital with head injuries, and a wife traumatized at what had transpired.

The Khairov home was also damaged.

The Interior Ministry has joined police in asking for the family's forgiveness.

Attorneys are looking into the circumstances of the police action.

Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko promised on local television to personally follow up on the investigation into why the raid went awry.