01/08/2006

Three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Three British soldiers have been killed in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

A fourth soldier was seriously injured.

The MoD said that the troops were part of the 4,000-strong Nato-led International Security Assistance Force on patrol in the volatile Helmand Province around 0630 GMT when they were attacked.

A two-vehicle UK patrol was attacked by insurgents with rocket propelled grenades and heavy machine guns, the MoD confirmed.

No further details will be announced until next of kin have been informed.

The attack comes a day after Nato troops took control of military operations in the area from US-led forces.

The latest deaths bring the total number of British soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year to nine.

(KMcA)

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