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UK soldiers killed in Afghanistan

BBC | Aug 1 2006

Two British soldiers have been killed in operations in southern Afghanistan.
Another is missing, feared dead, and a fourth injured after an ambush by militants in the north of Helmand province, the Ministry of Defence said.

The incident comes a day after UK and Canadian-led Nato troops assumed control of military operations in the area from US-led forces.

The attack brings to eight the number of British troops who have been killed in action in Afghanistan this year.

Nearly 4,000 UK troops are currently deployed in the country, the majority in Helmand as part of the Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

UK troops are conducting operations from Camp Bastion, near the provincial capital Lashkar Gah.

The operation in the Musa Qala district of Helmand began early on Tuesday.

The Ministry of Defence said a vehicle patrol came under attack at 0730 local time.

"Forces are involved in an ongoing action with insurgent forces," said Army spokesman Lt Col Kevin Stratford-Wright.

"This morning, during one incident, a pair of UK vehicles were attacked by insurgents who were armed with rocket propelled grenades and a heavy machine gun."

He said the said the seriously-injured soldier was being treated at a military hospital.

The Nato mission in Helmand aims to bring the remote and lawless part of the country under government control.

But it is regarded as one of the most challenging in its history.

Some 800 people - mainly insurgents - have been killed in attacks since May in the traditional heartland of the Taleban.


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