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Two soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Two British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said.

One serviceman, from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, serving with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, was killed by a bomb on an operation in Helmand Province, and the second, from the Parachute Regiment, was hit by small arms fire.

The men, who were both killed on Thursday, are expected to be named by the MoD on Saturday. Their families have been informed.

The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers soldier was involved in a mission in the Gereshk Valley area of Helmand at the time of his death.

He was killed trying to rescue a vehicle which had been hit by another blast.

Lieutenant Colonel Tim Purbrick, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "During an operation to detain an insurgent, the soldier was working to recover a vehicle which had been damaged in an explosion when he was fatally wounded by an explosive device.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

The MoD said the paratrooper was fatally wounded by small arms fire while on an operation in Helmand but would not confirm any more details.

The incident brings the total number of UK troops who have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001 to 373.


From Belfast Telegraph