A man dressed in the uniform of the Afghan local police shoots dead two British soldiers in Helmand province.
Two British soldiers have been shot dead in Afghanistan by a man dressed in the uniform of the Afghan local police.
The soldiers, from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, were killed at a checkpoint in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province.
The deaths follow that of a soldier from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards who died on Friday after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
Major Laurence Roche, of Task Force Helmand, said: “It is with deep sadness that I must report the death of two soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment who were shot and killed by a man wearing the uniform of the Afghan Local Police at a checkpoint in the south of Nahr-e Saraj.
“The Yorkshire Regiment has suffered a deep loss today and everyone serving within Task Force Helmand will want to send our condolences to the soldiers’ families and loved ones at this time.”
The MoD said the deaths were unrelated to the attack at Camp Bastion in which two US Marines were killed.
Today’s deaths bring the number of members of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 430.