Six Soldiers now confirmed dead 07/03/2012

#1
Breaking news on BBC. MOD state 6 men missing after AFV hit by explosion. No link yet.
 
#2
Six UK soldiers missing in Afghanistan


Six UK soldiers are missing, believed killed, in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Five from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment were on patrol when their vehicle was hit by an explosion.

The families of the soldiers have been informed.

If dead, the toll on the British military since 2001 will stand at 404.

Lt Col Gordon Mackenzie, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "I have the tragic duty to report that six soldiers are missing, believed killed, during a security patrol.

"The six soldiers... were on patrol in a Warrior armoured fighting vehicle when it was caught in an explosion in the task force Helmand area of operations."

BBC News - Six UK soldiers missing in Afghanistan
 
#5
Just heard it on the news and then saw the thread start on here. Horrified. As above says, a hell of a blast to take out a Warrior.
WC
 
#7
How would they be missing? Surely they wouldn't have been on their own?

Edited to add:

Thoughts go out to family. RIP fellas.
 
#9
5Live says statement says they are missing presumed dead.

Terrible news.

RIP.
 
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#10
How would they be missing? Surely they wouldn't have been on their own?
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We had an incident a few years ago on Ops where a vehicle was hit. 2 lads had gone missing. Everyone was out on the ground searching. 1 was found alive, the other dead.

It's amazing what you will do when you've just been fragged. The natural instinct is "this environment isn't safe, I'm outta here."

I hope they find them soon enough.
 
#11
F-cking cowardly raghead savages!
We'd do the same if the roles were reversed. Any ambush is simply organised murder.

RIP boys.

Rodney2q
 
#12
Six UK soldiers missing in Afghanistan


Six UK soldiers are missing, believed killed, in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

Five from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment were on patrol when their vehicle was hit by an explosion.

The families of the soldiers have been informed.

If dead, the toll on the British military since 2001 will stand at 404.

Lt Col Gordon Mackenzie, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, said: "I have the tragic duty to report that six soldiers are missing, believed killed, during a security patrol.

"The six soldiers... were on patrol in a Warrior armoured fighting vehicle when it was caught in an explosion in the task force Helmand area of operations."

BBC News - Six UK soldiers missing in Afghanistan
Did you see the first report? Exactly as you've posted and spoken by the news announcer in the studio. Perfectly factual and straightforward, then, "Over to our man outside the MOD". ( Why, does he think Phillip Hammond will bounce down the steps for a chin-wag or something?)Up he pops, obviously freezing his bollocks off in the wind and drizzle, and then proceeds to tell us that 6 soldiers from "the Duke of Yorkshires regiment" were killed and basically mangles and re-hashes the original report, telling us nothing new but getting the basic facts wrong. Pointless, annoying and disrespectful to the dead IMHO.
 
#14
It's a 24 hour news channel. They rehash everything on an hourly basis.

That's not the issue here though, so let's not drift off topic.

It sounds like they haven't been able to recover the bodies at the moment. I'd think that it's being cleared. Big risk of secondaries.
 
#17
Pointless, annoying and disrespectful to the dead IMHO.
I disagree with that point of view. As Guru has said, it is what keeps 24 hour News channels ticking. Sadly, this is big news due to the number of casualties (and breaking the 400 barrier) and will probably lead all UK media outlets for the next couple of days or so. The guy outside the MOD is only doing is job and some posters on this site would be having a go if this was relegated to a "number 5 news item" as is usually the case when it is a single fatality.
Terrible, terrible news all the same and my thoughts are with the units concerned. RIP.
 

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