Rogue Afghan shooter inquest to reopen
An inquest will resume today into the deaths of five British soldiers murdered by a rogue Afghan policeman.
The troops were gunned down without warning by an officer they had been living alongside at an Afghan National Police (ANP) checkpoint in Nad-e-Ali in Helmand Province on November 3, 2009.
Warrant Officer Class 1 Darren Chant, 40, Sergeant Matthew Telford, 37, and Guardsman Jimmy Major, 18, from the Grenadier Guards, died alongside Corporal Steven Boote, 22, and Corporal Nicholas Webster-Smith, 24, from the Royal Military Police.
They had just returned from a patrol and had taken off their body armour and were drinking tea with their Afghan colleagues in the courtyard of the compound.
The suspect, named only as Gulbuddin, suddenly opened fire from the roof of the checkpoint with a machine gun before anyone could respond, then fled.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the murders and some reports suggested Gulbuddin had escaped back to them, but military sources have previously suggested the attack was probably unconnected to the insurgents.
Another six British soldiers and two Afghan policemen were wounded in the attack at Checkpoint Blue 25.
A preliminary hearing held in February was told that the taking of opium and cannabis was commonplace amongst the ANP including those being mentored by British troops.
The hearing was also told that Gulbuddin was a cannabis user.
Coroner David Ridley said: "There is a culture that smoking of opium or cannabis is, to them, like to us the smoking of cigarettes."
However Mr Ridley added that there was no evidence that Gulbuddin was under the influence of drugs at the time of the attack.
The pre-inquest hearing was also told that the five off-duty soldiers were unarmed and not wearing body armour when they were killed.
The resumed inquest will be held at Wiltshire and Swindon Coroner's Court in Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
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