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Warminster troops honoured: full report

Hundreds of people have turned out to mark the official homecoming of the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment from Afghanistan. Troops based in Warminster marched through the town ahead of a medals ceremony.

There was also a service to remember and honour the nine men who died on their tour of duty. Duncan Sleightholme watched today's parade.

March in support of Marines

Hundreds of people marched through Plymouth today in support of five Royal Marines accused of murder over an incident in Afghanistan.

The servicemen who are part of 3 Commando Brigade are charged with killing an Afghan national last year. They're due to appear before a military court next month.

Today a crowd of 300 waving "Justice For The Five" banners marched through Plymouth.

The protest started at Devil's Point near the brigade's Stonehouse Barracks and travelled into the city centre.

Other events took place in Swansea, Edinburgh and London.

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Marine death not 'friendly fire'

An initial review into the deaths of a Royal Marine in Afghanistan has revealed it was not caused by "friendly fire", the Ministry of Defence has said.

27 year-old Corporal David O'Connor was serving with 40 Commando, based in Taunton.

He was killed while on patrol in Helmand Province on Wednesday.

Corporal Channing Day from 3 Medical Regiment was also killed. Both were deployed to Afghanistan last month to help train Afghan National Security Forces.

An Afghan man, who is believed to have been a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police also died during the incident, an MOD spokesperson confirmed.

He added that the deaths were not the result of a "friendly fire" incident but that investigations into who was responsible could take some time.

Taunton-based Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan

40 Commando Royal Marines are based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

A Royal Marine and a woman soldier have died from injuries received while on patrol in Afghanistan.

The Royal Marine, from 40 Commando who are based at Norton Manor Camp near Taunton, and the soldier, from 3 Medical Regiment, were on patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province when they were killed on Tuesday.

Their families have been informed.

The soldier is said to be a 25-year-old woman from Northern Ireland.

The pair are thought to have been killed by insurgents, although a source has said it understood the Taliban had issued a statement in Afghanistan suggesting the incident was a 'green on blue attack' - where coalition troops are killed by their Afghan allies.

Their deaths take the total number of UK service members to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 to 435.

Soldiers' bodies to be flown home

Sergeant Gareth Thursby (left) and Private Thomas Wroe. Credit: MoD

The bodies of two soldiers from Wiltshire, killed in Afghanistan, are due to be flown home this lunchtime (1.30pm).

Sergeant Gareth Thursby, who was 29, and Private Thomas Wroe, who was 18, were shot by a rogue Afghan policeman in Helmand Province on Saturday.

They served with 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, based in Warminster.

The body of Lance Corporal Duane Groom of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards is also being repatriated.

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Wiltshire soldiers killed in Afghanistan named

Two Wiltshire soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan have been named.

Sergeant Gareth Thursby was killed in Helmand Province on Saturday Credit: MOD

Sergeant Gareth Thursby, who was 29 and 18 year old Private Thomas Wroe were killed by a man dressed in a local Afghan Police uniform in Helmand Province on Saturday.

Both men were serving with Warminster-based 3rd Batallion the Yorkshire regiment.

Read more on the National website.

Private Thomas Wroe was killed in Helmand Province on Saturday Credit: MOD

Warminster Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan

Two soldiers from Warminster-based 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment have been killed in Afghanistan.

The soldiers, who haven't been named, were shot by a man wearing an Afghan local Police uniform. It happened yesterday (Saturday) at a checkpoint south of Nahr-e Saraj district in Helmand Province.

Their families have been informed.

The Yorkshire Regiment has suffered a deep loss today and everyone serving within Task Force Helmand will want to send our condolences to the soldiers’ families and loved ones at this time.

– Major Laurence Roche, Spokesman, Task Force Helmand
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