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Two British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan

The soldiers were killed in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province. Photo: ITV News

Two British soldiers were shot dead in Afghanistan today by a man wearing the local Afghan police uniform.

The soldiers, from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, were killed at a checkpoint in the south of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand province.

It happened at a checkpoint - south of Nahr-e Saraj in Helmand province. It is the latest case of what's known in the military as a "green on blue" death.

It was also revealed that a soldier from 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards was killed in the same area yesterday, when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb.

All their families have been told.

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

– MOD spokeswoman

"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."

– Major Laurence Roche of Task Force Helmand said:

The soldier who died yesterday was killed when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device.

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

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

The Taliban claimed responsibility for Friday night's attack, saying it was carried out because Prince Harry was on the base and in revenge for an anti-Islamic film.

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