Wednesday, 14 July 2010


A Royal Marine, from 40 Commando, was shot dead in Helmand Province yesterday while on foot patrol in the Sangin district of Helmand.

The Ministry of Defence said the fatality was not related to another incident in Helmand Province when three soldiers were killed by a senior Afghan soldier in a well organised and premeditated attack. It is now reported that one of the soldier's killed was a senior officer, a company commander in charge of a British base, and he was shot in his sleeping quarters while the other two members of the Royal Gurkha Rifles were a Nepalese Gurkha and a junior officer.

318 lives lost. 318 families lives changed forever.


Surreptitious Evil said...

Well, we'll see how this one drags on. RIP - and although ISAF / MoD haven't released the names, they seem to have released enough detail to identify the Brits, at least.

The ANP murderer (Gulbuddin, according to some sources) from last November, still hasn't been caught yet - so I don't hold much hope for them catching this guy.

Despite the tragedy, it will be interesting to see what the cause of the shooting was - political, religious (coming up to Ramadan) or personal? It will also be interesting to see what the official cause is - the differential will tell us something about the current government's attitude to spin and how ingrained it is in the MoD after the years of Blying and Bruination.

subrosa said...

Morning SE. I think it was political/religious but there's still little independent reporting on it.

It will be interesting indeed. So far it's the same as the old bunch with Fox issuing his platitudes.

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