Gurkhas killed in Afghanistan were 'betrayed': London

13th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

An Afghan soldier who killed three British army Gurkha soldiers "betrayed" his comrades in a "suspected premediated attack," officials said in statements released on Tuesday.

The man responsible for killing the troops was still on the run, but the military has been making "strenuous efforts" to find him, the two statements added.

The troops killed were Gurkhas, who are drawn from Nepal. The attacks came on an army base in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday.

Confirming the attacks, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement: "The soldiers were killed in a suspected premeditated attack by a member of the Afghan National Army using a combination of weapons."

A spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith, added: "It is with deep sorrow I must inform you that three soldiers from the 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles Battle Group were killed this morning in southern Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand Province.

"We believe these were the actions of a lone individual who has betrayed his ISAF and Afghan comrades."

© 2010 AFP

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