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UK 'failed' soldiers murdered by rogue Afghan policeman

A coroner has said the UK failed in its duty to five British soldiers who were shot and killed by a rogue Afghan policeman in 2009.

The gunman, who has been named only as Gulbuddin, fled a checkpoint in Helmand province's Nad Ali region afterwards. He has never been caught.

David Ridley, the Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon, said: "The state had failed in its role to avoid risk".

He recorded a verdict of unlawful killing but concluded that the attack could not have been predicted.

Robert Hall reports.

  • 20 May 2011
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