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British Soldier Shot Dead In Afghanistan
A British soldier has been shot dead by a man wearing an Afghan army uniform, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
The soldier from 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment, was killed at Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province on Monday evening.
Major Martyn Crighton, a spokesman for the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf), told Sky News the soldier died after "an individual wearing an Afghan National Army uniform turned his weapon against both Afghan National Army soldiers and Isaf troops".
He added: "During the engagement the attacker was killed and there were some other folks who were wounded. They were subsequently taken to an Isaf medical facility to be treated."
The soldier's family have been informed of the death.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, said: "This is an extremely sad day for the Corps of Royal Engineers and everyone serving with Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts are with the soldier's family and friends at this time."
The Taliban said it carried out the attack, naming the killer as Mohammed Qasim Faroq.
Spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi said in an email that "an infiltrator" staged the attack and managed to escape from the scene but was later shot and killed after opening fire on a checkpoint.
The Taliban often claims such attacks, but Isaf officials say most stem from personal grudges and cultural misunderstandings.
More than 60 personnel with Isaf, which is led by Nato, were killed in 47 attacks by members of the Afghan security forces last year, eroding trust between Afghan soldiers and their foreign counterparts.
A total of 439 British servicemen and women have died in Afghanistan since 2001.
The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "These are clearly very, very serious incidents.
"The military always keep force protection measures under review."
The international force is currently planning to withdraw most of its troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. The patrol base where the latest attack happened was due to be handed over to Afghan control soon.
Afghan forces already take the lead on security for 87% of the population ahead of the withdrawal.
The killing came as US President Barack Obama prepared to host his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Friday to discuss long-term US military and civilian support for Afghanistan.
Insider attacks are likely to be high on the agenda, as is the issue of a continued US military presence in Afghanistan beyond 2014.
Reports citing the US Defence Department suggest between 3,000 and 9,000 troops could remain to focus on preventing al Qaeda from regaining a foothold.
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Not a very happy new year for the family, friends and comrades of this brave lad. RIP, you deserved better.
RIP. Another waste of a young man's life. For a war with no real objective or meaning. How Blair can sleep at night beggars belief.
Why thumbs down is there not some basis for ali baba's comments because the fact is that ten minutes after we pull out the place will return to medieval doctrines. Our service men and women are doing a fantastic job RIP young man
Blue Side, they will turn back to their medieval doctrines even if you pull after 10months... that's the way they want to live ... probably ... no matter what you can't make someone change and live the way you live... what's happening now in Afghanistan after the exit of OBL is a facing saving exercise with no future ... which why Cameroon wants to pull out asap ... the lads dying out there are simply following the orders and perhaps know nothing as to where their presence is leading everything... you talk more like a politician, mate! RIP brave soldier! God Bless the family and give them strength to deal with the loss!
saalam I think you miss my point which is exactly the same as yours the people live in the middle ages have that mentality and do not want to eat apple pie so why waste time money and above all young lives.
We do of course have one problem and a big one if the withdrawal is seen to give them a victory
What's the big deal if the withdrawal is seen as a victory... do you mean the forces should stay put just for the sake of some bloated egos and take further casualties... losing money... time... family... happiness... this has to stop somewhere... or else the world is getting divided ... I don't know whether it's already divided ... if only our egos are to go by ... remember we are all mortals ... bound leave this world ... some by bullet/bomb/illness/oldage or any xyzee reason...
They are dying to save the faces of worthless politicians who have already decided that Afghanistan is a lost cause. Why wait until 2014 to withdraw our troops?
AGAIN AGAIN AGAIN.SOME TERRORIST IN A UNIFORM,,,GET THEM ALL OUT RIGHT KNOW ...how many soilders both brittish and from the U.S have been killed by people we are supposed to be helping
O so right david
So, so sad :'( sleep peacefully brave soldier. X
Or just people don't have a scooby as to what your trying to say?
Oncne a sapper always a sapper , rest in peace .
Another waste of life.Bring them all home.R.I.P