– Philip Hammond, Defence Secretary
I send out my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Corporal Brent McCarthy and Lance Corporal Lee Davies whose lives were cut tragically short by a cowardly act of aggression.
Both Servicemen were performing an invaluable role, training and mentoring Afghan police, helping to ensure that Afghanistan will never again be a place from which international terrorists can launch attacks on our society.
Their sacrifice will not be in vain and we will never forget them.
Two British servicemen shot dead by members of the Afghan Police Force in Helmand have been named as Corporal Brent John McCarthy, of the RAF, and Lance Corporal Lee Thomas Davies, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.