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Afghanistan: Two British Gurkha Soldiers Killed
Two British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform.
The soldiers, from the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, were shot dead at a checkpoint in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province.
Major Laurence Roche, the spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "The loss of these soldiers is a huge blow to The Royal Gurkha Rifles and everyone serving in Task Force Helmand.
"Our thoughts are with their families, friends and fellow Gurkhas at this time."
The soldiers' families have been informed.
The Ministry of Defence said there have been nine UK deaths attributed to so-called "green on blue" or "insider attacks" this year.
The latest two deaths come as the bodies of two service personnel killed last week were repatriated to the UK.
Corporal Channing Day, who served with the 3 Medical Regiment, died alongside Corporal David O'Connor, of 40 Commando, after being injured on patrol with C Company in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province on Wednesday.
Their Union flag-draped coffins were flown into RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.