UK soldiers repatriated

The bodies of three British servicemen killed in Afghanistan, including two shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier, have been repatriated.

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'Michael was proud to serve his country'

An MoD statement said Lance Corporal Michael Foley was 25 and from Burnley, Lancashire. He enlisted into the army in 2003 and after two postings, he decided to re-trade to become a Combat Human Resources Specialist.

Lance Corporal Foley was killed in Afghanistan on Monday.
Lance Corporal Foley was killed in Afghanistan on Monday. Credit: MoD

His family have paid the following tribute: "Michael passed away while on operational duty in Afghanistan where he was very proud to be serving his country in support of our combined forces in this theatre of operations.

"He will be sorely missed by his family and friends and everyone privileged to serve with him both on his last tour and during his military career."

Sgt Taylor: 'The kind of guy you wanted next to you'

"Luke was the kind of guy you wanted next to you– regardless of the situation, he was a cool head and a source of endless banter. I never saw him fazed; he just seemed to "crack on" and many a time dragged those around with him! He had one of those infectious charismas, always able to talk himself out of a situation. For me, like so many, Luke was simply an inspiration. Completely dedicated and loyal to his family, you could just feel the warmth when he spoke of them.

And on the rugby pitch he was a master – not just at playing, but leading teams to victory. It is difficult to try and sum Luke up in just these few words –we all miss him, but that is of course nothing compared to his devoted wife, Niki, and loving son, Roan. Our thoughts are with them. We will celebrate his achievements and the memories he has given us.

– A colleague of Sgt Luke Taylor, who cannot be named for operational reasons.

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MoD pays tribute to 'devoted husband and father'

An MoD statement said: "Sergeant Luke Taylor, aged 33, joined the Royal Marines in 1997. Over the course of his impressive career, Luke gathered extensive operational experience doing a job that he loved.

"He readily sought out new challenges and tackled them with enthusiasm and a determination to succeed."

Sergeant Luke Taylor was killed in Afghanistan on Monday.
Sergeant Luke Taylor was killed in Afghanistan on Monday. Credit: MoD

It went on: "Sergeant Taylor came from Bournemouth. He married in 2008 and leaves behind his beloved wife, Nicola, and their young son, Roan. Luke was a devoted husband and father, and often talked of his family back in the UK.

"He will be sorely missed by his comrades but this is nothing compared to the loss that his family will feel. Our thoughts are with them."

Phillip Hammond pays tribute to 'committed servicemen'

I was very saddened to learn of the deaths of Sergeant Luke Taylor and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, brave and committed British servicemen who died in the most tragic of circumstances whilst on operations. They died in the service of their country; they were in Afghanistan to protect Britain's national security.

Both men were known to their colleagues for their professionalism and military qualities, but outside of their careers, it is clear that both were also true and devoted family men. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all those left behind.

– Secretary of State for Defence, Philip Hammond MP

Soldiers killed in Afghanistan are named

Two British servicemen shot dead by an Afghan soldier have been named by the Ministry of Defence as Sergeant Luke Taylor, of the Royal Marines, and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, of the Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support).

Sergeant Luke Taylor and Lance Corporal Michael Foley.
Sergeant Luke Taylor and Lance Corporal Michael Foley. Credit: MoD

The two men were serving as part of Task Force Helmand when they were shot and killed at the main entrance to Lashkar Gah Main Operating Base in Helmand province on Monday.

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