Inquest for Yorkshire soldiers

The inquest is due to start into the deaths of two soldiers from the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment in Afghanistan.

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Soldiers were unlawfully killed

A coroner has ruled that two Yorkshire soldiers gunned down by a rogue Afghan policeman inside their checkpoint were unlawfully killed.

But Oxfordshire Assistant Coroner Alison Thompson said that, although there was no apparent motive for the man opening fire on British troops, killing Sergeant Gareth Thursby, 29, and Private Thomas Wroe, 18, there was no established link between him and the insurgency in Afghanistan.

An inquest at Oxford Coroner's Court heard that both men died of multiple gunshot wounds after the man, a member of the Afghan Local Police, opened fire on them at a checkpoint in Helmand Province on September 15 last year. Recording a verdict of unlawful killing for both men, Ms Thompson said:

It is often difficult if not impossible to establish motivation in this sort of case, making it especially hard for families to come to terms with the death. And I am sorry that I am not going to be in a position today to provide a reason for this appalling attack as I have heard no evidence as to why it took place and therefore it would be wrong and improper for me to speculate in any way.

– Assistant coroner Alison Thompson

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