Roadside bomb kills three British soldiers

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Three British soldiers were killed in Afghanistan yesterday morning while on escort duties. The men, members of 1st Battalion The Rifles, were in a team with Afghan government forces when the convoy was hit by a roadside bomb in the Gereshk district of Helmand.

They were evacuated by helicopter to the British headquarters at Camp Bastion, but all three were pronounced dead by a doctor on board the aircraft. The men were in Wimic-armoured Land Rovers which have been susceptible to bombs increasingly used by the Taliban.

Commander Paula Rowe, the spokesperson for UK forces in Helmand, said: "Today has been incredibly sad for the whole of Task Force Helmand. We will all feel the loss of these brave soldiers, whose role was to build the capacity of the Afghan National Army. But it is their family, friends and loved ones, as well as the men and women who served alongside them, who feel the greatest pain, and we offer them our deepest and heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers."

A Royal Marine also died yesterday in Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, from wounds sustained while on a reassurance patrol in Northern Helmand on Monday. Since the war began in 2001, 149 British servicemen have died in Afghanistan.

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