Two British soldiers in same regiment die in Afghanistan

4th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two British soldiers from the same regiment were killed in southern Afghanistan on Monday in separate incidents, one in an explosion and the second in a traffic accident, defence officials said.

The servicemen were both from the 21 Engineer Regiment Group and were killed in the Nad Ali district of Helmand province, said the Ministry of Defence.

The deaths bring the British military death toll in Afghanistan to 284 since operations began there in 2001.

The soldier killed in the blast had been "travelling to meet up with local Afghan contractors prior to continuing with reconstruction programmes," said military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel James Carr-Smith.

Earlier, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force -- of which Britain is part -- said a soldier serving with the alliance was killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan Monday.

It declined to confirm the serviceman's nationality.

The soldier killed in a traffic accident had been on a reconnaissance mission to replace a bridge over a canal, said Lieutenant Colonel Carr-Smith.

Of British service personnel killed, 250 died as a result of hostile action, according to defence ministry figures.

The remaining 34 deaths were caused by illness, non-combat injuries or are still under investigation.

Britain has around 10,000 troops in Afghanistan, largely fighting the Taliban in Helmand.

© 2010 AFP

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