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PublishDate: Monday, May 14, 2012 18:15

Soldiers killed in Afghanistan named

Two British servicemen who were shot dead in Helmand on Saturday were named by the Ministry of Defence today.

Two British servicemen who were shot dead in Helmand on Saturday were named by the Ministry of Defence today.

Lance Corporal Lee Thomas Davies, 27, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, was killed alongside Corporal Brent John McCarthy, 25, of the Royal Air Force at a patrol base in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province.

The servicemen were providing security for a meeting with local officials when two people wearing Afghan police uniforms opened fire.

Today, the family of Cpl McCarthy released a statement which read: "Brent was a loving, sensitive young man.

Cpl McCarthy and L/Cpl Davies were attending a meeting as part of a Police Advisory Team at the local Afghan Uniformed Police headquarters near Patrol Base Attal at the time of the attack.

The pair came under small arms fire, during which both were fatally injured.

It is thought that two assailants were responsible for the attack.

Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond paid tribute to the pair.(The Independent)

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