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Dorset Soldier Killed by Rogue Gunman in Afghanistan


10:19am 2nd July 2012
(Updated 10:25am 2nd July 2012)

A Soldier from a Dorset Garrison has been killed by a man in Afghan Police uniform in Helmand Province.

Two other British soldiers also lost their lives in the shooting yesterday (Sunday 1st July).

The soldier from the Royal Corp of Signals - based at Blandford Camp - was leaving a checkpoint in the Nahr-e-Saraj district when the gunman opened fire.

Despite receiving emergency first aid he died from his injuries at the scene.

2 Soldiers from 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards were also killed in the attack.

All 3 were serving in a Police Advisory team, tasked with training the local police force.

The rogue gunman was shot and wounded and is now in Police custody.

Seven British troops have been killed by their Afghan colleagues in similar attacks this year.

Next of kin has been informed.

Major Andrew Cox, Chief of Staff, Task Force Helmand has said; "It is with the deepest sadness that the MOD must announce the death of three soldiers yesterday. Two soldiers serving with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and one serving with the Royal Corps of Signals were killed in an incident at Check Point Kamparack Pul in Nahr-e-Saraj, Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

The soldiers were serving in an Afghan Police Advisory Team and had been to the check point to conduct a shura. On leaving, they were engaged by small arms fire by a man wearing an Afghan Police uniform. During this exchange of fire the three soldiers were wounded and despite receiving first aid at the scene, they died of their injuries.

The spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Ian Lawrence, said: "Their loss will be felt deeply across Task Force Helmand. However, this will be nothing compared to the grief experienced by the soldiers' families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this extremely difficult time."

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