Two Gurkhas shot dead in Hel­mand by Afghan ‘cop’

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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.”

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