A man who was dressed as a local Afghan policeman and killed two British soldiers pretended to be injured so they would help him, defence sources have said.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said an investigation was under way into the circumstances of the soldiers' deaths at a checkpoint in the south of Nahr-e Saraj and could not comment.
But sources said the killer lured the men from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment to their deaths after faking an injury.
News of two deaths from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment comes at very end of tour which began when five of the regiment were among six dead in the Warrior vehicle.
It is quite possible the three Yorks soldiers killed today were 5 months 3 weeks into their 6 month tour.
Some of the regiment are already back in Warminster.
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.”
– Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche
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.”
Two soldiers from 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment were shot dead in Afghanistan today by a man dressed in the uniform of the Afghan local police, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.
– Ministry of Defence spokeswoman
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 have been informed.