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Shot RAF policeman and soldier 'in wrong place at wrong time'

by Keith Wilkinson

RAF policeman Cpl Brent McCarthy, from Telford, and Welsh Guard Lance Corporal Davies were just "in the wrong place at the wrong time".

Speaking at the inquest into their deaths at Oxford Coroner's Court, Lieutenant Benjamin Bardsley said he believed their shooting was an "opportunist event" as no one had been told in advance they were going to be in the area.

They died in what is known as a green- on-blue attack - killed by the Afghan personnel they were mentoring. It is also known as an insider threat.

The insider threat at this time was very, very low.

The risk was deemed as low because it had not happened for a long period of time.

– Lieutenant Benjamin Bardsley, Welsh Guards

Afghanistan soldier inquest due to end today

Corporal Brent McCarthy (left), Corporal Lee Davies (right) Credit: MOD

The inquest into the death of a Welsh soldier who died in Afghanistan last year is due to end today.

Lance Corporal Lee Davies from Carmarthen and his colleague Corporal Brent McCarthy were both killed in Helmand Province last year.

They were shot by two men dressed in Afghan police uniforms.


Lance Corporal Lee Davies 'shot after posing for photos', inquest hears

An inquest has been hearing how two Afghan policemen had been chatting and posing for photos with two British servicemen just before opening fire on them.

Welsh Guardsman Corporal Lee Davies, along Corporal Brent McCarthy, an RAF policeman from Telford, were killed in a so-called green- on-blue shooting.

Keith Wilkinson reports.


Inquest hear airmen's injuries were 'unsurvivable'

by Keith Wilkinson

The inquest has been told the injuries of both men in the gun attack were unsurvivable. Nothing could have been done to save their lives .

Corporal Brent McCarthy, aged 25, from Telford, died of a gunshot wound to the chest from a small arms weapon fired at close range.

Welsh Guard Lance Corporal Davies, aged 27, from South Glamorgan, died from at least five shots from different angles. He had gunshot wounds to his head, chest and abdomen.

The inquest was told he would have lost consciousness immediately and it was likely he died very rapidly.


Soldier killed in Afghanistan named

A British soldier killed in Afghanistan yesterday has been named as Lance Corporal James Brynin from Shoreham-By-Sea, in West Sussex.

Lance Corporal Brynin has been described as 'immensely popular' and 'an outstanding soldier.' Credit: Ministry of Defence

He was an Intelligence Corps soldier attached to the 14th Signal Regiment (Electronic Warfare), which is currently based at Cawdor Barracks in Pembrokeshire.

Pembrokeshire Council pay tribute to soldier

Pembrokeshire County Council have paid tribute to the soldier who was killed in Afghanistan today.

Pembrokeshire is shocked and saddened by today’s news. I know that all right-thinking men and women in Pembrokeshire will want to send their deepest sympathy to the brave soldier’s family as they face up to their tragic loss.

I also want to send condolences to his larger “family” – the 14th Signal Regiment stationed at Cawdor Barracks, Brawdy, which will also be grieving today.

We have an historic and long association with the Armed Forces here in Pembrokeshire and this bitter news underlines the sacrifice they are sometimes called to make on our behalf.

– Chairman, Pembrokeshire County Council
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