THE Union flag is flying at half mast from Barnsley Town Hall as a mark of respect for two soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan at the weekend.

Sergeant Gareth Thursby and Private Thomas Wroe, both of the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Duke of Wellington’s), were killed on Sunday (September 15.)

The two men were shot by a rogue Afghan policeman.

Secretary of State for Defence Philip Hammond said: "I was saddened to hear of this cowardly act by a man wearing an Afghan Local Police uniform, which has taken the lives of two brave British soldiers."