Six UK Soldiers Feared Dead In Afghan Blast

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Six UK Soldiers Feared Dead In Afghan Blast

Post by Nems Again on Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:08 am

Six British soldiers are missing, presumed dead, following an explosion which hit an armoured vehicle in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The blast hit a Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, on Tuesday.
The group - which included five soldiers from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment - was on a mounted patrol.
The soldiers' families have been informed.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the incident "brings home to us the dangers that are faced on a daily basis by the men and women of our Armed Forces deployed in Afghanistan".
"I utterly condemn those responsible for this incident who will ultimately fail to derail a mission that is protecting our national security at home and making real progress in Helmand Province - a testament to the bravery, commitment and professionalism of our Armed Forces," he added.
Prime Minister David Cameron said it was a "desperately sad day for our country".

The Warrior is a huge, heavily armoured vehicle

Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards said: "I was deeply saddened by the news of this incident and that six soldiers are believed to have lost their lives doing what is a dangerous but important job.
"My thoughts and prayers at this difficult time are with the families of those affected by this tragic event."
If the servicemen are confirmed dead, it would become the biggest single loss of life in one incident since the Nimrod crash which killed 14 service personnel in 2006.
It would also involve the largest number of fatal casualties in a land attack.

Five members of 2nd Battalion The Rifles were killed in two separate explosions in Helmand on July 10, 2009.
Sky's defence and security editor Sam Kiley said this is the first time a Warrior has been destroyed in Afghanistan.
He said the "critical issue" to be examined next is the nature of the bomb - whether it was a huge explosive, an unexploded Nato bomb being recycled by the Taliban, a homemade explosive or a shape charger, similar to those used in Iraq.
The incident would take the total number of British forces personnel or MoD civilians who have died while serving in Afghanistan to more than 400 since the start of operations in October 2001.
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Re: Six UK Soldiers Feared Dead In Afghan Blast

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Nems Again wrote:Six British soldiers are missing, presumed dead, following an explosion which hit an armoured vehicle in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence has said.

The blast hit a Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle in Lashkar Gah, Helmand Province, on Tuesday.
The group - which included five soldiers from the 3rd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and one from the 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment - was on a mounted patrol.
The soldiers' families have been informed.
Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the incident "brings home to us the dangers that are faced on a daily basis by the men and women of our Armed Forces deployed in Afghanistan".
"I utterly condemn those responsible for this incident who will ultimately fail to derail a mission that is protecting our national security at home and making real progress in Helmand Province - a testament to the bravery, commitment and professionalism of our Armed Forces," he added.
Prime Minister David Cameron said it was a "desperately sad day for our country".

The Warrior is a huge, heavily armoured vehicle

Chief of Defence Staff General Sir David Richards said: "I was deeply saddened by the news of this incident and that six soldiers are believed to have lost their lives doing what is a dangerous but important job.
"My thoughts and prayers at this difficult time are with the families of those affected by this tragic event."
If the servicemen are confirmed dead, it would become the biggest single loss of life in one incident since the Nimrod crash which killed 14 service personnel in 2006.
It would also involve the largest number of fatal casualties in a land attack.

Five members of 2nd Battalion The Rifles were killed in two separate explosions in Helmand on July 10, 2009.
Sky's defence and security editor Sam Kiley said this is the first time a Warrior has been destroyed in Afghanistan.
He said the "critical issue" to be examined next is the nature of the bomb - whether it was a huge explosive, an unexploded Nato bomb being recycled by the Taliban, a homemade explosive or a shape charger, similar to those used in Iraq.
The incident would take the total number of British forces personnel or MoD civilians who have died while serving in Afghanistan to more than 400 since the start of operations in October 2001.
More to follow...


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Totally agree Nems, enough is enough. Too many lives lost, too many families lives ruined and what has been achieved? Nothing Sad

Another hugely important issue as far as the general public is concerned. Another hugely important issue that the Government doesn't seem to understand. Sometimes I wonder if they have any understanding of public feeling whatsoever.

Anyone out there? No, thought not.

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