Two Gurkhas shot dead in Helmand by Afghan ‘cop’
TWO British soldiers have been shot dead at a checkpoint in Afghanistan by a man wearing a local police uniform, the Ministry of Defence has said.
The soldiers were both from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles.
They were killed in Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. Their families have been informed.
A total of 56 international personnel have been killed so far this year by Afghans wearing police or army uniforms.
Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche, said: “I am saddened to report the deaths of two soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles who were shot and killed by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform at a checkpoint in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province, southern Afghanistan.
“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.”