(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Three British soldiers from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) were killed in southern Afghanistan on Sunday when a man dressed as an Afghan police officer opened fire on coalition forces.
The so-called “Green-on-Blue” attack happened at a checkpoint in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
Britain’s Ministry of Defense said on Monday, “The soldiers were serving in an Afghan Police Advisory Team and had been to the check point to conduct a shura. On leaving, they were engaged by small arms fire by a man wearing an Afghan Police uniform. During this exchange of fire the three soldiers were wounded and despite receiving first aid at the scene, they died of their injuries.”
The agency identified the soldiers as two serving with the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and one serving with the Royal Corps of Signals. Further information is being withheld upon the request of the soldiers’ families.
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Roshni Majumdar, CNN
Ashley Fantz, AnneClaire Stapleton and Ed Payne, CNN Newswire