‘Afghan policeman’ kills two troops from South Yorkshire unit

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TWO soldiers from an Army battalion which recruits heavily from South Yorkshire have been shot dead by a man wearing Afghan police uniform - just a few weeks before the end of their deployment.

The troops killed during the incident on Saturday were members of the Third Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, formerly the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment.

The deaths happened at a checkpoint in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.

Both men are expected to be named today.

Major Laurence Roche, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: “The Yorkshire Regiment has suffered a deep loss and everyone serving within Task Force Helmand will want to send our condolences to the soldiers’ families and loved ones.”

The soldiers’ families have been informed.

The latest fatalities follow the death of Light Dragoons’ Sergeant Lee Davidson, from Thorne, Doncaster, last weekend. The 32-year-old was killed by a roadside bomb also in the Nahr-e Saraj district.

Corunna Company of 3 Yorks has already returned to the UK and the remainder of the battalion is due back in the coming weeks.

The latest deaths follow the killing of four US soldiers in an attack by suspected Afghan police in southern Zabul province, and a Taliban attack on the main British base in Helmand, Camp Bastion.

The perimeter of the base, where Prince Harry is currently stationed, was breached by 19 insurgents armed with rocket propelled grenades, mortars and automatic weapons.

Two US Marines were killed and five aircraft were damaged and destroyed before Western soldiers led by British forces killed 18 of the raiders and took one prisoner.