Afghanistan: Three UK soldiers die after IED attack

[h=1]Afghanistan: Three UK soldiers die after IED attack[/h]Three British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan after their vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Helmand, the MoD says. They were from the Royal Highland Fusiliers, the 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. Their next of kin have been informed.

The soldiers, who died on Tuesday, were travelling in an armoured vehicle.

The number of UK service personnel to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in 2001 is now 444.

The MoD says the three soldiers were evacuated by air to the military hospital at Camp Bastion but their lives could not be saved.

'Great loss'
The spokesman for Task Force Helmand, Major Richard Morgan, says their deaths come as a great loss to all those serving in Task Force Helmand, and that their thoughts and prayers go out to the soldiers' family and friends at this difficult time.

An MoD spokesman says the incident underlines the threats faced by British personnel as they continue to hand over security operations to their Afghan counterparts, ahead of UK combat operations concluding by the end of next year.

It also says security in Helmand is improving, with Afghan forces now responsible for the bulk of the province - but that the environment in which UK troops operate "remains risky and dangerous, including the threat of improvised explosive devices and insurgent attack".

The BBC's defence correspondent, Caroline Wyatt, says the mastiff armoured vehicle in which they were travelling has long been deemed one of the safest of all armoured vehicles.

This is the first time since last September that UK forces have had soldiers killed by improvised explosive devices, although members of the Afghan army and police, as well as civilians in Afghanistan, are often killed or maimed by roadside bombs.

British troops are due to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, when all Nato operations are due to finish, although a small number will remain in support roles.

The number of British troops in Afghanistan was reduced to 9,000 before the end of 2012 and is set to fall to 5,200 by the end of 2013.

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Rest in peace.
Terrible news. RIP.
Sad Day.

Ne Obliviscaris.
Shit, missed that one in the news. Thoughts with the families.
Words, as always, are lacking. Stand down lads. Thoughts with their F + F.


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Rest in peace gents. No words to say that would be worthy.

Thoughts also with those wounded,their families and the folk in the Role 3, aeromed chain and QEH who will be caring for them.
RIP. Stand Easy.
Terrible news. Rest in Peace to them. My condolences to their families for their tragic loss. My thoughts are with them.

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