... by a rogue Afghan policeman:

Five British soldiers have been shot dead after a rogue Afghan policeman turned a heavy machinegun against a British training team inside a checkpoint in Helmand Province. The soldiers, three from the Grenadier Guards and two from the Royal Military Police, died in the village of Shin Kalay in Nad-e’Ali district of Helmand Province yesterday afternoon. Six British soldiers were injured in the same incident, several of them seriously.

One of the Grenadier Guards who died was named this afternoon as Sergeant Matthew Telford, from the Grimsby area. A veteran of several operational tours of duty, Sgt Telford had arrived in Afghanistan two weeks ago. He leaves a wife, Kerry, and two sons aged four and nine.

This is the kind of story that will further undermine public support for the war at home.

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