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Rogue soldier killings' inquest

Two British servicemen were shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier with a personal grievance, their inquest heard today. Sergeant Luke Taylor and Lance Corporal Michael Foley died in March in Lashkar Gah.

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Inquest: British soldiers shot by Afghan with a grievance

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.

It is not for me to make criticism of the soldiers and the way they operated, or attack individuals in relation to their responsibility for this tragic event.

The ANA soldier was believed to be acting on his own with a personal grievance rather than with insurgents ... this was a shocking, appalling, unexpected thing to happen.

– Deputy coroner Alison Thompson

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