Two Yorkshire Regiment soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan

The Yorkshire Regiment: 3rd Battalion (Duke Of Wellington's)
The Yorkshire Regiment: 3rd Battalion (Duke Of Wellington's)
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TWO Yorkshire Regiment soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan have still to be publicly named - but next of kin have been informed.

They were killed by a man wearing the local Afghan police uniform, the Ministry of Defence added.

The soldiers, from 3rd Battalion (Duke of Wellington’s) were killed at a checkpoint in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province.

The Yorkshire Regiment has very close links with South Yorkshire - it has been given the freedom of Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham.

Rotherham became the first town to bestow the ‘Freedom of the Borough’ on the Yorkshire Regiment. This gives the regiment the right to march through the town with ‘flags flying, bands playing and bayonets fixed’.

A Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said: “It is with sadness that the Ministry of Defence must announce the death of two soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment on Saturday 15 September 2012.

“The soldiers 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 district, Helmand province.”

The soldiers’ next of kin had been informed, the MoD added.

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 deaths follow that of a soldier from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards who died on Friday after his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

He was killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.

The MoD said the deaths were unrelated to the attack at Camp Bastion in which two US Marines were killed.

The latest deaths bring the number of members of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 430.