MoD: Deaths of British soldiers not result of friendly fire

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said the deaths of two British soldiers in Afghanistan on Wednesday was caused by a "third party or parties whose identities have yet to be established but who are not UK personnel".

Corporal Channing Day and Corporal David O'Connor were killed during an exchange of gunfire in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province.

In a statement, the MoD said it is still investigating the role of a man, believed to be a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police, who also died in the incident.

A Joint Incident Assessment Team (JIAT), comprising specialists from ISAF, along with representatives from the Government of Afghanistan, have conducted an initial review at the scene and have concluded that this was not a Blue-on-Blue (‘friendly fire’) incident, and that the deaths of Cpl O’Connor and Cpl Day were caused by a third party or parties whose identities have yet to be established but who are not UK personnel.

Analysis of the events surrounding this complex incident continues and is likely to take some time while forensic and other tests are carried out.

– Ministry of Defence statement

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