KATHMANDU: The identity of one of the two British Gurkha soldiers killed in Afghanistan yesterday has been established as 29-year-old Siddhanta Kunwar, son of Rambajar Kunwar, of Pokhara-10 according to our reporter Krishna Mani Baral on Wednesday. However, the identity of the second soldier is yet to be established.
Earlier on Wednesday, the British Embassy had expressed its deep sorrow and grief over the loss in a press statement issued here.
The embassy revealed that the two Nepali soldiers from 1st Battalion, The Royal Gurkha Rifles, were stationed at the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province when a militant camouflaged as an Afghan police shot and killed them.
A British spokesman said, “I am saddened to report the deaths of two soldiers from 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, who were shot and killed by a man wearing Afghan Police uniform at a checkpoint in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
"The loss of these soldiers is a huge blow to the Royal Gurkha Rifles and everyone serving in Task Force Helmand. Our thoughts are with their families, friends and fellow Gurkhas at this time."
The British Embassy in Kathmandu said that soldiers’ next of kin have been informed and have asked for a period of grace before more details are released.
The Embassy, however, has not revealed the names of deceased or the nature of killing.
The Independent reports that it is not clear whether they were shot deliberately by Afghan personnel or were killed by accident after mistaking a local policeman in civilian clothing for an insurgent.