Afghan Soldier Kills Three British Troops, Major Manhunt Launched

July 14, 2010

Afghanistan (ChattahBox) – Tragedy struck in Nahr-e Saraj after an Afghan soldier killed three British troops that were assisting in Army training, the BBC reports.

The man, who has not been identified, has been named by the Taliban as a new member of their organization, having joined their insurgency at an unspecified date.

A rifle and rocket grenade were used to kill the three men, before the unnamed insurgent fled. A massive manhunt has been launched through the Helmand province.

Two of the three murdered have not been named, but one was identified as Neal Turkington of the 1st Battalion.

“We’ve always recognised the risks that are inherent within partnering and we have worked very hard to reduce these to a minimum. But we can never guarantee against the actions of a rogue individual,” British Defence Secretary Liam Fox said.

“We’re also very clear that the benefits outweigh the risks, because it offers the quickest and most effective way of delivering our campaign objectives and, ultimately, having UK forces returning home.”

Prime Minister David Cameron is already calling the event an “isolated incident”, and saying that training will resume as the hunt for the killer continues.


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