Soldiers killed by Afghan named
Three British soldiers shot dead by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform have been named by the Ministry of Defence
Guardsman Craig Andrew Roderick and Guardsman Apete Saunikalou Ratumaiyale Tuisovurua of the 1st Battalion the Welsh Guards, and Warrant Officer Leonard Perran Thomas of the Royal Corps of Signals, died on Sunday.
The men, members of an Afghan Police Advisory Team, had been helping organise a shura - or meeting of elders - at Checkpoint Kamparack Pul in Nahr-e-Saraj, Helmand Province, when they were shot and fatally wounded.
They received first aid at the scene but died of their injuries.
A man believed to be responsible for the shooting is in custody, said the MoD.
WO2 Thomas, 44, was on his final tour in Afghanistan, having served since 1990 in units including the Coldstream and Welsh Guards before joining the RCS. He leaves behind his mother Sylvia, long-term partner Rachel, and younger brother Tristan, 43.
Cardiff-born Guardsman Roderick, 22, was a trainee bricklayer before joining the Welsh Guards in September 2009, based in Aldershot. He leaves behind his parents Mike and Sadie, two sisters Katie and Lucinda Emily, step-brother Jay, grandmother Margaret, and girlfriend Zoe.
Fijian Guardsman Tuisovurua, 28, had been a soldier for little more than a year, having finished his training and joined the regiment in June 2011, based in Hounslow.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said: "I am saddened to hear of this cowardly act which has taken the lives of three very brave British soldiers.
"My thoughts are with the families of Warrant Officer Class 2 Leonard Thomas, Guardsman Craig Roderick and Guardsman Apete Tuisovurua whose lives were cut short in such tragic circumstances. They gave their lives protecting Britain's national security; their efforts will not be in vain and we will always remember them."