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09 January 2013

British soldier killed by 'imam' in Afghanistan insider attack

6.jpgA British soldier has been shot dead by a rogue Afghan soldier in Helmand province in the first British death of the year.

The dead soldier, a member of 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment, was part of a team preparing Nato bases to be handed to Afghan forces.

Six British soldiers were also wounded in the attack, which began with an argument among Afghan troops. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Afghan officials said the man responsible was a soldier, nicknamed Shiekh, from the east of the country, who often led prayers.

The killing is the latest in a string of insider attacks that threatens to undermine the transition from international forces to local troops due to be completed by the end of 2014.

Major Laurence Roche, a spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said the soldier was killed at Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahr-e Saraj area


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