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Posted on Monday 14th May

News Update: The Ministry of Defence has announced that two British servicemen – a soldier from 1st Battalion Welsh Guards and an airman from the Royal Air Force – were killed in Afghanistan on 12 May 2012.

The men have been named as Corporal John McCarthy from the Royal Air Force, and Lance Corporal Lee Thomas Davies, from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards.

They were killed by small arms fire while deployed as part of a Police Advisory Team to attend a meeting at the local Afghan Uniform Police headquarters near Patrol Base Attal in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province.

Philip Hammond, the Secretary of State for Defence, said:

'I send out my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of Corporal Brent McCarthy and Lance Corporal Lee Davies whose lives were cut tragically short by a cowardly act of aggression.

'Both servicemen were performing an invaluable role, training and mentoring Afghan police, helping to ensure that Afghanistan will never again be a place from which international terrorists can launch attacks on our society. Their sacrifice will not be in vain and we will never forget them.'

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