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Two UK Soldiers Shot Dead By Afghan Police
Two British servicemen have been shot dead by members of the Afghan Police Force, the Ministry of Defence has said.
A soldier from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and an airman from the Royal Air Force were killed yesterday in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Serving as part of part of an advisory team, the two troops were providing security for a meeting with local officials at a patrol base, the MoD said.
Their families have been informed.
The attack was carried out by two people wearing Afghan Police uniforms, an International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) spokesman said.
One is on the run and the other was killed when forces returned fire, the spokesman added.
Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy MP told Sky News' Murnaghan programme: "There's been a real emergence of these kind of attacks by people in what appear to be allied uniforms."
Major Ian Lawrence, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "Sadly, it is my duty to confirm that a soldier serving with 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and an airman from The Royal Air Force have been shot and killed in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province.
"The thoughts and condolences of everyone serving in the Task Force are with their families and friends."
Since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001, 374 members of UK forces have been killed in action in Afghanistan - bringing the total to 414 including accidents and illness.
The attack is the 16th incident this year in which Afghan soldiers or insurgents disguised in military uniforms have turned their weapons on foreign troops, according to Nato.
On Friday, a man wearing an Afghan army uniform shot dead a US soldier in eastern Afghanistan.
In March, Sergeant Luke Taylor, of the Royal Marines, and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, of the Adjutant General's Corps were shot dead by an Afghan soldier at the entrance to the UK headquarters in Helmand.
Five British soldiers were killed by a rogue Afghan policeman in November 2009. The gunman opened fire on the men in a military compound in Nad e Ali before fleeing. The Taliban later claimed responsibility.
Isaf has taken several security measures in response to the shootings, including assigning "guardian angels" - soldiers who watch over their comrades as they sleep.
Around 130,000 Coalition troops are fighting alongside some 350,000 Afghan security personnel against the Taliban-led insurgency but they are due to pull out of the country in 2014.
Mr Murphy added that there is "no realistic outlook for delaying the withdrawal".
what do you think?
It's time to get out and leave them to their own devices, let them kill each other not our guys, or other supporting nations.
nice to see the country is now nice and stable !!!! BLIAR how ever can you sleep peacfully .
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The people in charge of this country are totally ignorant about history, need I mention the French and the Russians?. Blaire should be charged with all the killings
Yep......all bloody religions.....the cause of wars since time began!
Somebody remind me again why British troops are still there fighting, when the US, who seem to start these little conflicts, is withdrawing so many troops from areas of conflict? I'm sure I'm missing something here...
again soilders killed by the police who we british are trying to help.NO WAY should we be in this place helping people who dont want help,so f***k them leave and let them kill each other till the cows come home, and if this gov want to stay take our troops out and put in these idiot M.Ps and see them crap them selfs ,if they were put in there they would be out faster than usain bolt, i am not for killing people just to make a point but some 1 should take this gov to task,,,
Well said, David.
misleading title again. A man wearing an Afghan plice uniform is not necessarily an Afghan police man as the article goes on to suggest.. Come home British Army asap.. and just before you leave destroy the poppy fields--instead of protecting their owners
RIP. How sad. Condolences to their comrades, friends and families. As a withdrawal date has been set, we should bring home our troops now as Aghanistan will soon revert to its bad old ways once we are gone. It is also the case that US and British troops are only active in the south of the country, leaving the centre and north lawless, or perhaps I should say even more lawless.
The Orange monitors must be illegal immigrants from Afghanistan as they wiped out my comment accusing the country of having civil wars and tribalism. I hope the Orange monitors get sent back to wherever they came from asap.
Enough is enough. Come on Mr Cameron, grow a pair and bring our troops home as of yesterday!
What the hell are we doing in that stinking pox rotten country anyway ? The taliban will take over anyway after we leave.
the only reason that we are in Afgan is for the oil fields... everything regarding this is about it... so instead of our hero's being shot dead or blown up bring them back home to their families and let Afganistan get on with it themselves
Somebody mentioned learning from history?! Haven't learned much there have we? We got slaughtered slowly the last time we were there - it was called the North West Frontier then! Bit like Iraq - why did we go back there? They have an Independence Day to celibrate the departure of the British - following the First World War Learn from history - when?
I am sick and tired of this, they decided to go and fight a illegal war, they invaded, what about all the innocent civilians getting murdered by these soldiers
Nobody has ever won a war in Afghanistan. Britain tried in the 1800s and had to give up and pull out. It seems to be a country that exists through banditry and minimal government from everything I have ever read. It is why, of course, al-Quaida had a base there.