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Two British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

world Updated: Nov 09, 2009 00:49 IST
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Two British soldiers have died in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence announced on Sunday, bringing Britain's total losses since the 2001 US-led invasion to 232.

A soldier from 4th Battalion, The Rifles, died on Sunday morning from injuries sustained in an explosion near Sangin in central Helmand province, the ministry said in a statement.

Hours earlier, it had announced that a soldier with 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, had been killed on Saturday afternoon in a blast in the same area of Helmand, where most of Britain's 9,000 troops are based.

The fatalities were announced on Remembrance on Sunday, the day each year when Britain and the Commonwealth countries remember their war dead.

Five soldiers were killed last week when a rogue Afghan soldier attacked a checkpoint in Helmand, sparking fresh questions about their mission there amid declining public support for the war.