Pictured with the man who shot him dead moments later: British RAF policeman smiles alongside rogue Afghan police vermin who opened fire on him and his colleague, also killed.
UK Daily Mail(h/t Maria J) An unwitting British soldier who posed for a photograph with a rogue Afghan policeman was shot dead by him seconds later. Corporal Brent McCarthy, 25, is pictured with a member of the Afghan Uniformed Police just moments before the shooting. After the snap was taken the gunman and another accomplice turned their weapons on the RAF policeman.
His comrade Lance Corporal Lee Davies, 27, of the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, who can be seen sitting in the background of the photo, was also shot dead. The pair were unlawfully killed while on active service, a coroner has ruled.
A military inquest heard the pair both died of ‘unsurvivable injuries’ after being shot by close range gunshots. Both soldiers were part of an eight-man team who had gone to the Afghan police base in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand province on May 12.
The patrol had gone there so British officers could meet local police officials with RAF policeman Cpl McCarthy acting as a specialist adviser. Oxfordshire Coroners Court was told the men had been engaging in ‘banter and general chit chat’ with what they thought were two Afghan Uniformed Police officers.
LCpl Davies, from Barry, South Wales, had remarked that the Afghan pictured had ‘wet himself’ and this may have been a sign as to what was about to happen, the inquest heard.
The Afghan savage pictured was shot dead by a British guardsman as he tried to flee the scene.
Home Office pathologist Dr Russell Delaney said despite efforts to resuscitate the pair ‘there was nothing colleagues, combat medics or medical staff could have done.’
Benjamin Bardsley, the men’s commander at the time, told the inquest at Oxfordshire Coroners Court it was his belief the two Afghans, dressed in police uniforms, had staged an ‘opportunistic’ attack on his men. He described both Cpl McCarthy, an RAF policeman, and L/Cpl Davies, of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, as ‘phenomenal soldiers’ fully capable of doing the job.
The Army unit was in the area acting as a police advisory team helping train the Afghan police, but had specifically visited the base that day to ask the local commander about a tip-off that one of his colleagues was working with the Taliban.