Christmas turkeys for British troops in Afghanistan blown up by Taliban

December 20th, 2008 - 3:25 pm ICT by ANI  


London, Dec 20 (ANI): British troops serving in Afghanistan were almost left without their traditional Christmas dinner this season, after the Taliban blew up a supply lorry packed with turkeys.

In the latest attacks on convoys heading for troops through Pakistani tribal areas, a roadside explosion destroyed a consignment of frozen birds weighing 325kg, The Times reported.

The turkey breasts were intended for troops stationed at Camp Bastion, Britains main base in Helmand, where up to 3,000 soldiers will spend the festive season.

Regimental Catering Warrant Officer Nick Townley, who is in charge of organising Christmas dinner for British troops in Afghanistan, said: Unfortunately one of our Christmas wagons got taken out so a lot of turkeys had to be flown in especially.

However, the Christmas dinner will still be going ahead after the Ministry of Defence flew out replacement birds.

The attack was the latest in a string of pro-Taliban explosions targeting convoys heading through Pakistan to supply Nato troops in Afghanistan.

The raids have led to a strike by the Pakistani lorry drivers association, who say the route is now too dangerous to operate.

Camp Bastion is staffed by 2,500 to 3,000 troops, who will be joined by 2,000 others stationed around Helmand on Christmas Day.

Soldiers at the base will eat turkey rolls as well as roast pork, gammon, beef, cranberry sauce and a side helping of Brussels sprouts. Christmas cakes, Christmas puddings, mince pies and after eights will also be served.

The total cost of feeding the troops in Bastions four dining rooms is 10,265 pounds or 3.42 pound each. (ANI)

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