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Inquests into Fiji soldiers' Afghanistan deaths

UK troops on patrol in Afghanistan
Image caption The men died during on operation in Nad 'Ali district in June 2010

Inquests are being held into the deaths of two soldiers from the same town killed in Afghanistan on the same day.

Cpl Taniela Tolevu Rogoiruwai, 32, and Kingsman Ponipate Tagitaginimoce, 29, from Nausori in Fiji, were shot dead while serving with 1st Battalion, The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment in 2010.

They were on an operation to improve security in part of Nad 'Ali district in Helmand province.

Both men served with distinction during their time in the Army, the MoD said.

The inquests will be held separately at Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner's Court in Trowbridge on Tuesday.

Helping comrade

Kingsman Tagitaginimoce had been rushing to help one of his comrades when he was gunned down.

Cpl Rogoiruwai, a Sunderland-supporting father-of-one known as "Rocco", was killed during a firefight with insurgent forces while carrying out a patrol to improve security for local people.

He joined the Army in July 2000, initially serving with the 1st Battalion, The King's Own Royal Border Regiment, before its amalgamation on July 1 2006.

Kingsman Tagitaginimoce joined the Army in March 2005.

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