Monday, March 26, 2012

British Soldiers Shot By Afghan Army Gunman

Two Nato soldiers shot dead by an Afghan National Army gunman at a base in southern Afghanistan were British, the defence secretary has confirmed.

Philip Hammond told the Commons that details of the incident at the British HQ in Lashkar Gar, Helmand province, are still emerging and next of kin are being informed.

"Our thoughts, as ever, are with their families, for whom this will be a deeply personal tragedy," said Mr Hammond.

"Details of the incident are still emerging but it appears that a member of the Afghan National Army opened fire at the entrance gate to the British headquarters in Lashkar Gar city, killing the two British service personnel.

"The assailant was killed by return fire."

A joint Afghan and International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) team is investigating the incident. Read More