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WERE TWO BRIT HEROES KILLED BY FRIENDLY FIRE? Afghan explosion inquiry.

Byline: BY CHRIS HUGHES Security Correspondent

TWO British servicemen killed in Afghanistan may have been victims of friendly fire, it was feared last night.

The MoD confirmed an inquiry is now probing whether Capt Tom Sawyer, 26, of the Royal Artillery, and Royal Marines Cpl Danny Winter, 28, had been caught in a so-called "blue-on-blue" incident on Wednesday.

An explosion also injured two others in their patrol attacking the Taliban near Gereshk, Helmand.

But sources said it was "unlikely" foreign forces or "fast air support" was involved, as was the case when three British privates were killed by a bomb from a US jet given the wrong co-ordinates in August 2007.

Instead, it was "possible" one of the group's own mines went off or that an artillery strike went awry - though an MoD spokesman could only say: "An investigation is under way into a suspected friendly fire incident."

Earlier, it was revealed Herts-born Capt Sawyer had been destined for the Special Forces. His wife Katy, whom he married only last March, parents Martyn and Susan and sister Wendy said he was "our hero".

Specialist mortar fire controller Cpl Winter, a Man Utd fan, lived with his partner Amanda in Stockport.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 17, 2009
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