3 Jul 2012

UK soldiers slain by rogue policeman

8:49 am on 3 July 2012

A policeman in Afghanistan has shot dead three British soldiers at a checkpoint in southern Helmand province. A fourth soldier was wounded.

They were serving with an Afghan police advisory team and were killed on Sunday as they left Checkpoint Kamparack Pul in Nahr-e-Saraj after a meeting of elders.

The BBC reports the gunman has been detained.

There have been 17 attacks by rogue Afghan security personnel this year. More than 20 foreign personnel have been killed.

Meanwhile, at least seven people have been killed and many more wounded by a suicide bomber in a car in the city of Kandahar.