Two British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan; toll nears 300
Two British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday taking the toll to nearly 300 since the operations against Taliban began.world Updated: Jun 15, 2010 23:40 IST
Two British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan on Tuesday taking the toll to nearly 300 since the operations against Taliban began.
Both the soldiers belonged to 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and were shot dead in separate incidents in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province. Next of kin have been told.
Their deaths bring the total number of UK troops killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to 298.
They follow that of a Royal Marine from 40 Commando who died from injuries sustained in conflict in a UK hospital.
Lt Col James Carr-Smith, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "Both soldiers were part of security patrols that were involved in operations to improve freedom of movement for local nationals in Nad Ali, Helmand province, when they were killed by small arms fire.
"Their bravery and boldness in the face of danger will not be forgotten."
"They died in the course of their duty, amongst their comrades and whilst improving the lives of ordinary Afghans. We will remember them," Smith was quoted as saying by BBC.