Killed British soldiers named

Two British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan on Saturday by a man dressed as a local policeman have been named as Sergeant Gareth Thursby and Private Thomas Wroe of 3rd Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment.

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British soldiers 'lured by injury pretence'

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.

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It is quite possible the 3 Yorks soldiers killed today were near the end of their tour

by - Deputy Political Editor

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.

Task Force Helmand 'The Yorkshire Regiment has suffered a deep loss

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.”

– Spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Laurence Roche

MoD: Two British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan

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.

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.

– Ministry of Defence spokeswoman

The soldiers' next of kin have been informed.

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