Two British troops killed in Afghanistan: ministry

2nd August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Taliban forces shot dead one British soldier and killed another in a bomb attack in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province over the weekend, the defence ministry said on Monday.

One of the soldiers, from the 1st Battalion Scots Guards, was killed by small arms fire in Lashkar Gah district while the second died when an improvised explosive device went off in the Sangin region while he was on a foot patrol on Sunday, according to a statement.

Their deaths bring the overall number of British troops who have been killed since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 to 327.

Neither were taking part in a major new British offensive called Operation Tor Shezada, or "Black Prince", which began last Friday and is centred around Sayedebad, also in Helmand.

Around 9,500 British troops are currently in Afghanistan, making them the second largest contingent of the 150,000-strong international force battling an insurgency by the Taliban militia.

Around 30,000 international troops are deployed in the southern Taliban heartlands of Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

© 2010 AFP

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