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U.K. Says Afghan Police Shot Dead Two British Soldiers


Britain says two of its soldiers were shot dead by local police in southern Afghanistan on May 12, the latest lethal case of local security forces turning their guns on international troops.

The soldiers were said to be from the Welsh Guards and from the Royal Air Force.

Britain's Defense Ministry said the two were "shot and killed by members of the Afghan police force" in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand Province.

It said the two were part of an advisory team and were providing security for a meeting with local officials when they were attacked.

The NATO-led force in Afghanistan on May 12 described the attackers as two insurgents dressed as police.

But a senior Afghan security official in Helmand said later they had been members of the Afghan police force for about a year.

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and RFE/RL
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