Two British servicemen shot dead by Afghan police they were training

Two British servicemen have been shot dead by Afghan policemen they were training in Helmand, in the latest killing by local security forces of Nato allies.

The soldier from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and one airman from the Royal Air Force were shot dead on Saturday in Lashkar Gah district. One of the policemen was shot dead in an ensuing gunfight and the other fled and has yet to be caught. The British dead were part of an advisory team providing security at a meeting with local officials near patrol base Attal, according to a statement from the Ministry of Defence. The families of the men have been informed and their names are likely to be released on Monday.

A senior official on Hamid Karzai’s council for negotiating with the Taliban was shot dead in Kabul by an unknown assassin as he travelled to work, dealing a further blow to hopes of reconciliation.

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