Afghanistan: army major murdered by rogue Afghani soldier

Major James Joshua Bowman was killed in his sleeping quarters by a rogue Afghan soldier Photo: MoD/PA

“Major James Joshua Bowman, 34, from Salisbury, Wilts, was one of three soldiers from the 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles murdered on Tuesday by Taleb Hossein at the base they shared in Helmand province.

Hossein, 23, shot dead Maj Bowman in Patrol Base 3 in Nahr-e Saraj district, near Helmand’s capital, Lashkar Gah, in southern Afghanistan.

The Afghan soldier also fired a rocket-propelled grenade into the base’s command centre, killing Lt Neal Turkington, 26, from Craigavon, Northern Ireland, and Cpl Arjun Purja Pun, from Nepal, and wounding four other UK soldiers.

The attack was the second time in eight months that members of Afghanistan’s security forces have turned on UK troops.

Five British soldiers were killed and six injured when an Afghan policeman opened fire on them at a secure checkpoint in Nad-e-Ali in Helmand in November.”

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