2 British soldiers killed by an Afghan officer according to initial reports
Two British soldiers killed by Afghan army gunman
Man in army uniform shoots British soldiers dead at Nato base in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province
Tom A Peter in Kabul
guardian.co.uk, Monday 26 March 2012 14.49 BST
British soldiers patrol in Helmand. Two Nato troops have been killed at the main base in the region. Photograph: Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters
Two British soldiers have been killed in the south of Afghanistan after an Afghan soldier opened fire on them.
Details are still emerging but the defence secretary, Philip Hammond, confirmed the deaths to the Commons. An Afghan police official said the shooting took place at the gates of a Nato base in Lashkar Gah, the provincial capital of Helmand.
An Afghan army truck approached the base and was reportedly refused entry by the guards, saying it was not authorised to bring weapons inside.The official said one of the Afghan soldiers then rushed through the gate and opened fire on those inside, killing the two soldiers before being shot and killed himself.
The incident comes as part of a growing trend of Afghan security
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