Three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan (Lead)

June 9th, 2008 - 2:41 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 9 (Xinhua) Three British soldiers were killed and two injured Monday in a suicide attack in Afghanistan, the defence ministry here said. The soldiers, from the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, were on a foot patrol near their base in the southern province of Helmand when an explosion struck them, the ministry said.

One soldier died on the spot while two others succumbed to their injuries later, the ministry said, adding that a medical emergency team was dispatched on a Chinook helicopter from Camp Bastion to the site of attack.

According to Sky news, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup said he reflected on the most recent deaths with “both a sense of deep sadness and pride” as he asserted that the military effort was starting to achieve real change.

“Every one of those deaths is a tragedy. Nothing can ever compensate for the loss felt by their loved ones and to them all I extend my deepest sympathies,” he said.

“I only hope that the terrible hardship that they have been asked to bear can be eased by the certainty that in Afghanistan our forces are engaged in a most worthy and noble endeavour,” he added.

Currently Britain has over 7,800 soldiers based in Afghanistan.

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