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Two British servicemen were shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier with a personal grievance, their inquest heard today.
Sergeant Luke Taylor, 33, of the Royal Marines, and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, 25, of the Adjutant General's Corps, were killed in Lashkar Gah in March 2012.
Deputy coroner Alison Thompson said the opening of a gate at their operating base provided an opportunity for the Afghan soldier to enter and open fire with a machine gun.
In March the family of Lance Corporal Foley 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."
Sergeant Luke Taylor, 33, of the Royal Marines, and Lance Corporal Michael Foley, 25, of the Adjutant General's Corps, were killed at the entrance to the UK headquarters in Helmand Province in March this year.
Shortly after his death a colleague of Sergeant Luke Taylor said:
"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."
Inquests are due to begin today into the deaths of two British soldiers killed after a man wearing an Afghan military uniform opened fire. Sergeant Luke Taylor and Lance Corporal Michael Foley died in March in Lashkar Gah.