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British soldiers killed in Afghanistan 02.07.12

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Published on Jul 3, 2012

Three British soldiers have died after a man wearing an Afghan police uniform shot them at a checkpoint in Helmand Province, the Ministry of Defence said.

The soldiers, two of whom were serving with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and the other who was serving with the Royal Corps of Signals, received first aid at the scene after yesterday's attack but died of their injuries.

They had been working in an Afghan Police Advisory Team. Their next-of-kin have been informed.

The incident happened at Checkpoint Kamparack Pul in Nahr-e-Saraj, where the soldiers were attending a shura, or meeting of elders. They were shot at as they were leaving the checkpoint.

Major Ian Lawrence, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "It is with deep regret that I must inform you that three soldiers, two serving with 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and one serving with the Royal Corps of Signals, have been killed in an incident at Check Point Kamparack Pul in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand Province.

"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."

The deaths bring the total number of members of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 422.

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