Fallen Welsh soldiers repatriated

The bodies of the two Welsh soldiers who died in Afghanistan this weekend have been return to the UK, along with a third soldier who died alongside them.

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Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas 'loved the Army'

The family of Warrant Officer Leonard Thomas told ITV News' Emily Morgan that 'Pez' loved the Army and the military and believed in everything that it does. His partner Rachel Crosser and brother Trist Thomas were speaking as his body was returned to the UK from Afghanistan.

Leonard Thomas grew up in Cornwall but had moved to Cardiff more recently. He was one of three soldiers killed in Afghanistan at the weekend by a man dressed in an police uniform.

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Welsh soldiers repatriated from Afghanistan

Guardsman Craig Roderick's coffin was carried off the plane by members of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards Credit: MOD/PA Wire

The bodies of the two Welsh soldiers who died in Afghanistan this weekend have been returned to the UK.

Leonard Thomas and Craig Roderick have been repatriated to RAF Brize Norton along with a third man, Apete Tuisovurua from Fiji, who died alongside them.

 Leonard Thomas and Craig Roderick
Leonard Thomas, left, and Craig Roderick died in Afghanistan on Sunday Credit: MOD

Mr Roderick, from Cardiff, was a guardsman for the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, along with Mr Tuisovurua. Mr Thomas served with the The Royal Corps of Signals.

The MoD confirmed that the three men were killed when a man dressed in an Afghan police uniform opened fire at them.

The bodies of two Welsh soldiers due to return to British soil

Leonard Thomas/Craig Roderick
Leonard Thomas, left, and Craig Roderick died in Afghanistan on Sunday Credit: Ministry of Defence

The bodies of the two Welsh soldiers who died in Afghanistan this weekend will return to the UK today.

Leonard Thomas and Craig Roderick are due to be repatriated to RAF Brize Norton this afternoon, along with a third man, Apete Tuisovurua from Fiji, who died alongside them.

Mr Roderick, from Cardiff, was a guardsman for the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, along with Mr Tuisovurua. Mr Thomas served with the The Royal Corps of Signals.

The MoD confirmed that the three men were killed when a man dressed in an Afghan police uniform opened fire at them.

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David Cameron: 'We will do everything in our power to ensure justice is done'

Prime Minister David Cameron says he is 'deeply saddened' by news of the three soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

I am deeply saddened by the appalling news that three British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan. My heart goes out to their families. The suspected perpetrator is in custody and we will do everything in our power, with the Afghan National Security Forces, to ensure that justice is done. This tragic incident again demonstrates the very real risks that our brave soldiers face every day. We will do everything possible to find out how this happened, and learn any lessons for the future.

– David Cameron

'An investigation is underway... we're determined to pursue those responsible'

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond says an investigation into the deaths of three soldiers in Afghanistan is underway.

In a statement, he said: "We are determined to get to the bottom of exactly what happened yesterday at Checkpoint Kamparak Pul, and to pursue those who are responsible.”

I was saddened to hear of this cowardly act by a man wearing an Afghan uniform, which has taken the lives of three brave British soldiers. All of our thoughts are with the families of these men who have died in such tragic circumstances. They gave their lives protecting Britain’s national security, helping to make sure that Afghanistan never again becomes a haven for international terrorism.

– Defence Secretary Philip Hammond

He added that although yesterday's incident was 'deeply tragic', it would not 'derail the mission or distract us from the task in hand'.

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