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Two British Serviceman killed in seperate incidents in Afghanistan

#1
On Sky News now.

The Ministry of Defence said a soldier from 1st Battalion Scots Guards and a Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines died on Sunday.

The soldier was killed by small arms fire in the Lashkar Gah District of Helmand Province.

The Marine died in an explosion while on foot patrol in Helmand's Sangin District.

Neither death was associated with Operation Tor Shezada, the mission involving hundreds of British soldiers to seize Taliban-controlled Saidabad.

Lieutenant Colonel David Southall, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, praised the soldier's "selfless courage and sacrifice".

He said: "Commanding his men, he was killed in action by small arms fire whilst providing security to the Afghan people."

Lieutenant Southall also paid tribute to the marine saying: "He gave his life whilst seeking to improve the lives of ordinary Afghans. His sacrifice will not be forgotten."

Their next of kin have been informed.


RIP
 
#2
And from Aunty:

BBC News - Royal Marine and UK soldier killed in Afghanistan

Two UK servicemen have been killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.
A soldier, from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, was shot dead in the Lashkar Gah district of Helmand on Sunday.
On the same day, a Royal Marine, from 40 Commando Royal Marines, died in an explosion in the Sangin district. Next of kin have been told.
The MoD said neither death was linked to Operation Tor Shezada, which is currently under way in Helmand.
Hundreds of UK troops have been involved in the operation which began on Friday, and is aimed at removing insurgents from around the town of Saidabad.
The latest two casualties take the total number of UK deaths in Afghanistan since 2001 to 327.

Lt Col David Southall, spokesman for Task Force Helmand, paid tribute to the two men.
"It is with great sadness I inform you that a soldier from 1st Battalion Scots Guards was killed in Lashkar Gah District of Helmand province yesterday afternoon," he said.
"Commanding his men, he was killed in action by small arms fire whilst providing security to the Afghan people. His selfless courage and sacrifice in the course of his duty will not be forgotten.
"In a separate incident, a Marine from 40 Commando Royal Marines was killed in Sangin, Helmand province, yesterday afternoon. Deployed within a foot patrol providing local security to the people in the District, he died in an explosion.
"He gave his life whilst seeking to improve the lives of ordinary Afghans. His sacrifice will not be forgotten."
 

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